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Novavax’s vaccine demonstrated an overall efficacy of 90.4% in a trial, on par with the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. The vaccine reportedly is 90% effective, according to a new study. South Carolina has also stopped weekend COVID-19 reporting. More: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal

In other headlines:

DOT says state needs more money to maintain roads, despite gas tax hike. Starting in July, motorists will pay an additional 2 cents per gallon of fuel as part of an annual gas tax increase that will run through 2022 to help pay for road maintenance needs in the Palmetto State. More: The State

Charleston weighs updates to zoning to account for flooding, sea-level rise. As Charleston continues to recover from the latest storm, officials are looking to an age-old weapon to help combat an ever-present threat from flooding fueled by climate change. More: The Post and Courier

S.C. House reveals new list of $90M in taxpayer funds for pet projects. South Carolina’s House of Representatives released this week its list of nearly $90 million in earmarks members want in the upcoming budget that takes effect on July 1. More: The State

Charleston may pay homeowners to help create affordable housing on property. The City of Charleston intends to release up to $200,000 in grants this summer to 20 homeowners to help them build apartments above their garages or in the yards behind their homes. More: The Post and Courier 

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