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Consider This from NPR
Oct 21, 2020
From Air Travel to Hospital Treatment, We're Still Learning About The Virus
Play • 12 min
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health,
told NPR this week
that he's "guardedly optimistic" about the prospects of a coronavirus vaccine being approved by the end of the year.
In the meantime, scientists are still learning new things about the coronavirus.
NPR's Geoff Brumfiel
reports on improvements in medical treatment for COVID-19 patients, and
NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff
explains new research on air travel.
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