The Conflict Over Masks, Social Distancing And Reopening A new coronavirus vaccine candidate shows encouraging results. It's early, but preliminary data shows it appears to be eliciting the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has been signaling that more government spending might be necessary to prevent long-term economic damage.

As the pandemic becomes more political, researchers are concerned debates over masks, social distancing and reopening the economy are inflaming an already divided nation. Incidents of violence are rare, but concerning to experts.

Plus, a 102-year-old woman who survived the influenza of 1918, the Great Depression, World War II and now, COVID-19.

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Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political

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Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political

Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political

Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political

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Demonstrators protest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on May 15, demanding the reopening of the state and against Governor Tom Wolf's shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators protest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on May 15, demanding the reopening of the state and against Governor Tom Wolf's shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A new coronavirus vaccine candidate shows encouraging results. It's early, but preliminary data shows it appears to be eliciting the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has been signaling that more government spending might be necessary to prevent long-term economic damage.

As the pandemic becomes more political, researchers are concerned debates over masks, social distancing and reopening the economy are inflaming an already divided nation. Incidents of violence are rare, but concerning to experts.

Plus, a 102-year-old woman who survived the influenza of 1918, the Great Depression, World War II and now, COVID-19.

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This episode was produced by Gabriela Saldivia, Anne Li and Brent Baughman, and edited by Beth Donovan.