217 Today: Friday October 30, 2020

 
There are several COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage testing

There are several COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage testing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CCO

Today's headlines: 

  • A hearing this afternoon in a Champaign County courtroom will give a group of local Republicans their first chance to make their case against County Clerk Aaron Ammons.

  • The region of central and western Illinois, which includes Springfield and Quincy, Thursday joined states facing additional mitigation efforts to fight COVID-19.

  • Public health officials have advice for how people can celebrate Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In today's deep dive, a number of companies are scrambling to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and get FDA approval. In the meantime, states are finalizing plans to distribute the vaccine. We get that story from Side Effects Public Media's Carter Barrett.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Jim Meadows, Maureen McKinney, Christine Herman, and Carter Barrett.