Here's the latest for Monday, July 27th: World's biggest COVID-19 vaccine test gets underway; Hong Kong announces new restrictions amid virus surge; Late Rep. John Lewis lies in state; Greek Prime Minister criticized over celebration with actor. (July 27)
RON HARRIS: This is AP News Minute. The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the US government. Volunteers won't know if they're getting the real shot or a dummy version. After two doses, scientists will closely track which group experiences more infections as they go about their daily routines. Hong Kong authorities announced restrictions in response to a new community outbreak of COVID-19 on Monday, but a full lockdown is not yet in place. Restaurants will have to stop dine-in services, and social gatherings are restricted to a maximum of two people instead of four.
Congressman John Lewis is making his final trip through the nation's capital Monday on his way to the Capitol Building, where he will lie in state. A hearse carrying the civil rights icon left Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and drove past various sites around Washington DC. And a point of pride for Greece was touched by controversy Monday. The country's prime minister was criticized by an opposition party for using a military helicopter during a trip to celebrate with actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson on being granted Greek citizenship. Ron Harris, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.