In Germany, researchers are beginning human trials of vaccine candidates this week. They join similar trials already underway in the United States, Britain and China. Health officials warn that, even under an accelerated timetable, it may take well over a year before a vaccine becomes widely available — if an effective vaccine is even possible.
In New York state, two cats have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the first confirmed case of transmission to pets. The cats showed mild symptoms and likely caught the disease from their owners. It’s not known if pets can infect humans.