CLOSE It’s nearly impossible to fathom the number of cases and deaths from the COVID-19 virus, so we added some geographical perspective. USA TODAYThe results are preliminary, but they are encouraging: Another candidate vaccine has proven extremely effective against COVID-19. Moderna, working with the federal government, has early results that show a 94.5% efficacy rate for its shots.It’s the latest good news on the vaccine front. Earlier this month, Pfizer/BioNTech released results indicating their candidate was 90% effective. The encouraging developments are desperately needed at a time when many states are taking increasingly stringent measures to combat a rise in new COVID-19 cases. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that 41 counties — home to about 37 million people — would move into the most restrictive tier in the state’s reopening system. On Sunday, Michigan and Washington also announced new restrictions.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on NBC’s “Today” show that the news from Moderna “is really quite impressive.” He said the Moderna and Pfizer news “is something that foretells an impact on this outbreak.”“So now we have two vaccines that are really quite effective, so I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be about getting

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