Science ( IF 41.845 ) Pub Date : 2020-07-31 , DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6503.484 American Association for the Advancement of Science
In science news around the world, the first large-scale efficacy trials of COVID-19 vaccines begin in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is strongly criticized for issuing guidance about safely reopening schools that public health specialists suggest is politicized and downplays risks that teachers, other staff members, and students will spread or contract COVID-19. A bill in France would increase its annual public research budget by about one-third by 2030, which critics call too small and slow. Plans to build a gold and copper mine in Alaska that could become one of the world's largest win a major victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues an environmental analysis saying it would not endanger the world's most productive sockeye salmon fishery.