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Posted on: July 31, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Texas team makes key stride toward stable production of vaccine


A scientific team at The University of Texas at Austin has successfully redesigned a key protein from the coronavirus, and the modification could enable much faster and more stable production of vaccines worldwide.

Most vaccine candidates train the human immune system to recognize a key protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus called the spike protein in order to fight infection. Researchers designed a new version of this protein that, when expressed in cells, produces up to 10 times more protein than that of an earlier synthetic spike protein already in use in multiple COVID-19 vaccines.

That and more in today’s Wayne County Report.

The July 30, 2020, countywide statistical data showed Taylor with six new confirmed cases; 833 total for the year; one new death; and 72 COVID deaths overall.

PLEASE NOTE: On Tuesday, one of the national testing centers that processes COVID-19 tests administered in Michigan converted several hundred "probable" positive cases to "confirmed" status. Because of this, 106 cases, covering dates ranging from April 15 to July 18, showed up among the new cases for Wednesday, July 29. Wayne County reports new cases on a 24-hour rolling basis, so those new cases, some from three months ago, skewed the daily reporting number.

Public Health Department staff spent time verifying those 106 cases. That number is reflected in the cumulative totals for the July 30 report. Public Health Department staff continue to investigate those cases to ensure they are attributed to the correct community.

Thank you for your patience as we work to bring you the most accurate COVID-19 case data available.

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