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BOSTON (AP) - An executive at a Massachusetts facility helping create a potential vaccine for the coronavirus said Thursday that the company hopes to have the treatment ready by the end of the year. "We have the potential, subject to technical success and regulatory authorization, to manufacture up to 100 million vaccine doses by the end of this year and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021," said Meg Ruesch, research and development leader at Pfizer Inc.'s Andover, Massachusetts, facility. The vaccine candidate, a collaboration between Pfizer and BioNTech, "introduces into the body the genetic instructions for the cell to make a specific protein - in this case a SARS-CoV-2 protein - which is intended to stumulate an immune response," she said. The data on the trials has been encouraging, she said at a news conference with Gov. Charlie Baker. She also put to rest concerns that the vaccine process is being rushed. "We don't cut any quality corners," she said. The Trump administration last week announced that it would pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for December delivery of 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine under development. Pfizer earlier this week announced it had started a study of its vaccine candidate in the U.S. and elsewhere. That study aimed to recruit 30,000 people. "A vaccine or a treatment is critical to breaking the cycle of this insidious virus, and helping us all return to something more like regular normal" the Republican governor said. Baker, expressing concern about clusters of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 associated with private parties, warned residents not to relax when it comes to mask wearing and social distancing. "To all our residents, I can't express this enough, don't be careless or complacent," he...

Pfizer executive targets end of year for COVID-19 vaccine - Fairfield Citizen

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have agreed to supply Japan with 120 million doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccine in the first half of 2021, the companies said on Friday.Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have agreed to supply Japan with 120 million doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccine in the first half of 2021, the companies said on Friday.

Pfizer, BioNTech to supply 120 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Japan - Reuters

More than 1,500 people attended Eid Al-Adha in West Springfield.More than 1,500 people attended Eid Al-Adha in West Springfield.

Residents gather for Eid al-Adha celebration in West Springfield | WWLP

Governor Charlie Baker said Friday that recent large gatherings in communities throughout the state were a “recipe for disaster” in potentially spreading the coronavirus, and warned residents that “we’re going to have to make some changes” if the positive test rate continues to move up.Governor Charlie Baker said Friday that recent large gatherings in communities throughout the state were a “recipe for disaster” in potentially spreading the coronavirus, and warned residents that “we’re going to have to make some changes” if the positive test rate continues to move up.

Baker cites a number of large social gatherings as a recipe for coronavirus disaster - The Boston Globe

As the dog days of summer wear on, there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod. The weekly positive test results are up 2% in Falmouth, Massachusetts,...As the dog days of summer wear on, there is an uptick in COVID-19 cases on Cape Cod. The weekly positive test results are up 2% in Falmouth, Massachusetts, about 1% in nearby Brewster, and just under half a percent in Barnstable. Health officials blame the recent spike on house parties, including one in Chatham that is linked to 13…

Cape Cod Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases – NBC Boston

With upticks in positive COVID-19 testing rates linked to larger social events, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that his administration is reviewing the state's guidance on gathering sizes, but blamed the behavior of people choosing to party without precaution for the clusters of infections that have sprung up.With upticks in positive COVID-19 testing rates linked to larger social events, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday that his administration is reviewing the state's guidance on gathering sizes, but blamed the behavior of people choosing to party without precaution for the clusters of infections that have sprung up.

Partiers prompt Baker to review gathering limits; travel order takes effect Saturday

"If we continue to see rises in positive test rates, we’re going to have to make some changes."

Charlie Baker blames clusters for coronavirus uptick in Massachusetts | Boston.com

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- State officials said they are monitoring an uptick in coronavirus cases in Massachusetts as federal health experts are suggesting another way people can protect themselves againstSPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- State officials said they are monitoring an uptick in coronavirus cases in Massachusetts as federal health experts are suggesting another way people can protect themselves against

Baker stresses importance of face coverings as Fauci suggests eye protection | News | westernmassnews.com

A backyard barbecue in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. About an hour away, in the coastal community of Falmouth, an in-person high school graduation ceremony was scrubbed after school officials say some seniors were exposed to the virus.A backyard barbecue in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. About an hour away, in the coastal community of Falmouth, an in-person high school graduation ceremony was scrubbed after school officials say some seniors were exposed to the virus.

Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting | WJAR

Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting

Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he'll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if coronavirus cases continue to trend upward. The state is investigating at least eight new clusters of the virus, many of them linked to large social gatherings where people did not follow virus safety rules like wearing face masks, the Republican governor said Friday.Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he'll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if coronavirus cases continue to trend upward. The state is investigating at least eight new clusters of the virus, many of them linked to large social gatherings where people did not follow virus safety rules like wearing face masks, the Republican governor said Friday.

Baker threatens limit on party sizes as coronavirus cases rise | WJAR

Baker threatens limit on party sizes as coronavirus cases rise

I’m joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA! https://t.co/oFUZs2q1QM pic.twitter.com/NlQv1d9Qna — Wally (@Wally97) July 31,...I’m joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA! https://t.co/oFUZs2q1QM pic.twitter.com/NlQv1d9Qna — Wally (@Wally97) July 31,...

Governor Launches Mask Awareness Campaign After COVID-19 Outbreaks / iBerkshires.com - The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.

The state Department of Public Health said in its Friday report that Barnstable County had three new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths from COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Barnstable County since pandemic reporting began this winter stands at 1,745, while the number of coronavirus deaths in the county stands at 156. Public health officials also reported Friday that there were 387 new cases of coronavirus statewide. That figure was enhanced by a delay in laboratory The state Department of Public Health said in its Friday report that Barnstable County had three new cases of coronavirus and no new deaths from COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Barnstable County since pandemic reporting began this winter stands at 1,745, while the number of coronavirus deaths in the county stands at 156. Public health officials also reported Friday that there were 387 new cases of coronavirus statewide. That figure was enhanced by a delay in laboratory

Three new COVID-19 cases confirmed Friday on Cape - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

With summer, and summer-related travel in full swing, and COVID-19 cases spiking around the country, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered a new round of coronavirus-related travel restrictions for those coming to Massachusetts from out of state, and those returning back to the Bay State after their own vacations elsewhere. These new restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1, and unlike previous regulations, these come with some teeth. Here’s what you need to know: Which states With summer, and summer-related travel in full swing, and COVID-19 cases spiking around the country, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered a new round of coronavirus-related travel restrictions for those coming to Massachusetts from out of state, and those returning back to the Bay State after their own vacations elsewhere. These new restrictions take effect at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 1, and unlike previous regulations, these come with some teeth. Here’s what you need to know: Which states

Massachusetts’ COVID-related travel restrictions are changing Aug. 1 - here’s what you need to know - News - Marshfield Mariner - Marshfield, MA

BOSTON –  State officials are closely monitoring a recent uptick in the rate of positive COVID-19 test rates, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday as he again cautioned against social gatherings wh…

Baker flags parties, including one in Chelmsford, as COVID-19 cases rise – Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he'll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if virus cases continue to trend upward.Gov. Charlie Baker is warning Massachusetts residents that he'll slash the number of people allowed to gather in house parties, backyard barbecues and other private social gatherings if virus cases continue to trend upward.

Mass. Investigating Eight New Clusters Of Coronavirus — Many Tied To Social Gatherings | WBUR News

A backyard barbecue in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections.About an hour away, in the coastal community of Falmouth, an in-person high school graduation ceremony was scrubbed after school officials say some seniors were exposed to the virus.TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or breaking newsletters to stay informed.A backyard barbecue in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham, Massachusetts, has led to more than a dozen new coronavirus infections. About an hour away, in the coastal community of Falmouth, an in-person high school graduation ceremony was scrubbed after school officials say some seniors were exposed to the virus. TO OUR READERS: This content is being provided for free as a public service during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or breaking newsletters to stay informed.

Hard-hit Massachusetts worries COVID-19 respite is fleeting - News - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Gov. Charlie Baker said some cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts have been traced back to large gatherings.Gov. Charlie Baker said some cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts have been traced back to large gatherings.

Coronavirus Clusters In Massachusetts Have Been Traced To Large Parties – CBS Boston

Saturday begins new regulations for travelers entering Massachusetts.

Massachusetts travel restrictions begin Aug. 1; Here’s what out-of-state visitors, college students and people leaving the state need to know - masslive.com

"As we continue to fight against COVID-19, a vaccine and a treatment can’t come soon enough," Gov. Charlie Baker said. "Pfizer is developing one of the most advanced COVID-19 vaccines."“As we continue to fight against COVID-19, a vaccine and a treatment can’t come soon enough,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. “Pfizer is developing one of the most advanced COVID-19 vacc…

Pfizer executive says COVID-19 vaccine could be approved by end of 2020 | WPRI.com

On Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the importance of taking proper measures against COVID-19, reiterating comments he made Thursday that the virus was on the rise in Massachusetts. “These lapses in judgment, these missed opportunities to keep the door that we worked so hard to keep shut are contributing to a slight, but important rise […]

Baker cites rise in COVID-19 cases, clusters in Mass. - The Martha's Vineyard Times

ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said a “lack of respect” for the dangerous nature of the coronavirus is to blame for...

Baker: ‘Lack of respect’ for coronavirus leading to clusters of new cases – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said a “lack of respect” for the dangerous nature of the coronavirus is to blame for clusters of new cases that have been popping up in Massachusetts in r…

Baker: ‘Lack of respect’ for coronavirus leading to clusters of new cases – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

The company behind the "most advanced" coronavirus vaccine under development said it could produce 100 million doses by the end of the year and as many as 1.3 billion by 2021 as company officials said they expect to earn emergency regulatory approval in the fall.The company behind the “most advanced” coronavirus vaccine under development said it could produce 100 million doses by the end of the year and as many as 1.3 billion by 2021 as company…

Massachusetts drug maker Pfizer could have 100 million doses of 'most advanced' coronavirus vaccine this year

Social gatherings and unauthorized sporting events have led to a number of coronavirus clusters in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.Social gatherings and unauthorized sporting events have led to a number of coronavirus clusters in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday.

'Lapses in judgment' leading to coronavirus clusters, Gov. Baker says

BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday detailed a list of gatherings and illegal events that have resulted in new clusters of COVID-19 cases...

Baker details list of gatherings that are under investigation, announces new campaign to slow spread of COVID-19 – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday detailed a list of gatherings and illegal events that have resulted in new clusters of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks before he announced a new statewide campaign aimed…

Baker details list of gatherings that are under investigation, announces new campaign to slow spread of COVID-19 – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that the state is investigating at least eight potential COVID-19 clusters in the state due to people holding...Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that the state is investigating at least eight potential COVID-19 clusters in the state due to people holding gatherings without wearing masks or social distancing. They include a large lifeguard party in Falmouth, an unauthorized football camp in South Weymouth attended by kids from 17 communities, a Chelmsford graduation party, a 90-person prom party…

Coronavirus in Massachusetts: Gov. Charlie Baker Says State Investigating at Least 8 COVID Clusters – NBC Connecticut

The state's positive test rate is at 2 percent currently, which is still low, but has been ticking up slightly over the past week or so.The state's positive test rate is at 2 percent currently, which is still low, but has been ticking up slightly over the past week or so.

WATCH: Reckless Partiers Have Baker Reviewing Gathering Limit

Russia is reportedly aiming to be the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine for public use in less than two weeks, or by Mid-August.Russia is reportedly aiming to be the first in the world to approve a coronavirus vaccine for public use in less than two weeks, or by Mid-August.

Russia plans to approve the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine in under two weeks – despite concerns about its safety and effectiveness in the blistering pace meant to beat the rest of the world.Russia plans to approve the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine in under two weeks – despite concerns about its safety and effectiveness in the blistering pace meant to beat the rest of the world,

Russia seeks to approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August: report

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — An executive at a Massachusetts facility helping create a potential vaccine for the coronavirus said Thursday that the company hopes to have the treatment ready by the end of the year. “We have the potential, subject to technical success and regulatory authorization, to manufacture up to 100 million vaccine doses by the end of this year and up to 1. 3 billion doses by the end of 2021,” said Meg Ruesch, research and development leader at Pfizer Inc.ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) — An executive at a Massachusetts facility helping create a potential vaccine for the coronavirus said Thursday that the company hopes to have the treatment ready by the end of the year. “We have the potential, subject to technical success and regulatory authorization, to manufacture up to 100 million vaccine doses by the end of this year and up to 1. 3 billion doses by the end of 2021,” said Meg Ruesch, research and development leader at Pfizer Inc.

Pfizer executive hopes to have COVID-19 vaccine ready by end of year | WBMA

Pfizer executive hopes to have COVID-19 vaccine ready by end of year