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The CDC reversed course yet again, removing widely condemned language about not testing asymptomatic people for the coronavirus

CDC director Robert Redfield speaks while President Trump listens during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The CDC is once again recommending that people get tested for the coronavirus if they've been in close contact with an infected person — even if they're not showing symptoms. The agency briefly reversed its testing policy in August to say that testing asymptomatic people wasn't necessary. ...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, New York Times, Capitol Hill, Associated Press, Times, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Business Insider, Trump


ICYMI: Your TPM Weekend News Roundup

Desperate To Help Trump’s Campaign: The Trump administration continues to politicize its response to COVID-19 to boost the President’s reelection prospects. On Monday, experts warned TPM about the “disastrous” effects of political officials pressuring the CDC to manipulate the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a key tool that tracks the spread of the virus.  On another front, the Trump administration doubled down on its pre-election timetable for a COVID-19 vaccine — which scientists agree...
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Jared Kushner reportedly said 'free markets will solve' the PPE shortage in March. Nurses are still paying for that approach.

Jared Kushner Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images New reporting on a March 21 meeting in the White House Situation Room quotes Jared Kushner as saying it was "not the role of government" to solve the PPE shortage and prevent states from outbidding each other, according to Vanity Fair. "The federal government is not going to lead this response," Kushner said, according to Vanity Fair. "It's up to the states to figure out what they want to do." "Free markets will solve this. That is no...
Tags: Politics, News, US, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Nevada, Shortage, Donald Trump, Vanity Fair, Trump, Afp, Johns Hopkins University, White House Press, Situation Room, Kushner


Vaccine Politicization Was Just One Of Pro-Biden, Ex-Pence Aide’s Final Straws

Former Pence adviser Olivia Troye has said concern over President Donald Trump’s attempts to politicize the COVID-19 vaccine approval process is among the top reasons that she finally resigned from her post in the Trump administration in July. “What I’m really concerned about is if they rush this vaccine and pressure people and get something out because they want to save the election,” Troye told The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser in an interview published early Friday. Troye was a lead staf...
Tags: News, White House, Joe Biden, Cnn, United States, National Institutes of Health, Pentagon, Vaccine, Don Lemon, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, New Yorker, The New Yorker, Trump, Bush


HHS Posted Controversial Testing Guideline On CDC Site Without Proper Scientific Review

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reportedly posted the controversial COVID-19 testing guideline on asymptomatic people on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) site against protests by the agency’s scientists. The New York Times reported on Thursday evening that the guidelines, which state that asymptomatic people need not test for the virus, was uploaded without being properly vetted through scientific review. An official told the Times that the guidelines “...
Tags: News, Cdc, White House, New York Times, Testing, Times, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services HHS, HHS, Redfield, Brett Giroir, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s CDC, Cristina Cabrera, Robert Redfield, COVID-19


UK coronavirus live: England considers ‘circuit break’ plans; London New Year's Eve fireworks cancelled

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’ ‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownUK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownNHS worker attacked on London bus in Covid mask row, say policeGlobal coronavirus updates – live 11.20am BST Ryanair will cut a further one in five of its flights scheduled in October, blaming Irish and EU governments for what it called “excessive and defective” travel res...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, London, Eu, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ryanair, Boris Johnson, LBC, Khan, Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak


UK coronavirus live: two-week 'circuit break' considered to halt Covid surge in England

Health secretary Matt Hancock refuses to rule out second national lockdown as ‘last line of defence’ ‘Circuit break’ plans for England to prevent new lockdownUK test and trace ‘barely functional’ as 11 million face lockdownNHS worker attacked on London bus in Covid mask row, say policeGlobal coronavirus updates – live 10.34am BST The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, told LBC that Cobra hasn’t met since 10th May and that he hasn’t had contact with the prime minister since then.Sadiq Khan tells @L...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, London, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Ryanair, Boris Johnson, LBC, Sadiq Khan, Matt Hancock, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Biden blasts Barr's comments comparing coronavirus lockdowns to slavery as 'sick' and 'outrageous'

Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall event on September 17, 2020 in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Due to the coronavirus, the event is being held outside with audience members in their cars. Biden grew up nearby in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday night slammed Attorney General William Barr for likening coronavirus-related restrictions to slavery. "What Bill Barr re...
Tags: Politics, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, House, Anderson Cooper, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Barr, Scranton Pennsylvania, Clyburn, James Clyburn


Pence's former top aide says Trump called the coronavirus 'a good thing' because he didn't like shaking hands with 'disgusting' supporters

Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence's former homeland security, counterterrorism, and coronavirus adviser. Screenshot/Republican Voters Against Trump Olivia Troye, Vice President Mike Pence's former top coronavirus task force adviser, slammed President Donald Trump's pandemic response in an interview and in a video published Thursday. Troye said Trump actively undermined the task force's efforts to protect Americans and that he cared primarily about the economy and his reelection, ...
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Schumer Unleashes Unflattering Monikers On Trump And McConnell Amid COVID Relief Stalemate

A group of congressional Democrats flanked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at her usual Thursday press conference, with freshmen and party leaders alike laying out the grim realities of a country plagued by COVID-19. Of the group, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) came out the most aggressive. On President Donald Trump, Schumer said: “What a despicable man, how low can you go?” And referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “The keeper of the graveyard.” (Though i...
Tags: Usa, News, Senate, White House, Cnn, House, Usps, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Congressional, Donald J Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell


UK coronavirus live: demand for Covid tests outstripping capacity, MPs told

Dido Harding gives evidence to Commons science committee; new restrictions placed on nearly 2 million people in north-east EnglandRestrictions announced for swathe of north-east EnglandNorth-east England lockdown: what are the new Covid restrictions?Almost 90% of tests in England taking longer than 24 hours to processJacob Rees-Mogg attacks ‘endless carping’ about testing shortagesGlobal coronavirus updates – live 5.17pm BST Sir Keir Starmer has indicated he will instruct Richard Leonard to ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Scottish Labour, Edinburgh, Keir Starmer, Dido Harding, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


UK coronavirus live: new restrictions placed on nearly 2 million people in north-east England

News updates: residents in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, County Durham and Sunderland banned from mixing with other familiesFull story: restrictions announced for swathe of north-east EnglandProportion of people getting in-person test results in 24 hours halvesBoris Johnson appears to criticise Priti Patel for rule of six snoopingMiddlesbrough manager Neil Warnock tests positive for CovidGlobal coronavirus live blog 12.24pm BST Here is the Department f...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Sunderland, Johnson, Neil Warnock, Warrington, north east England, Hancock, Ashworth, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock set to announce new restrictions in north-east of England

News updates: new rules set to mean almost 10 million people in UK will be under some form of lockdownHealth minister rejects claims of two-week national lockdownBoris Johnson appears to criticise Priti Patel for rule of six snoopingUp to 25,000 teachers in England self-isolatingGlobal coronavirus live blog 11.23am BST One source of information on coronavirus taken seriously by scientists is the data from the Covid symptom app launched by a team from King’s College London. More than 4m peopl...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Labour, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Brexit, King 's College, Priti Patel, Starmer, King 's College London, Matt Hancock


If We Don’t Hold Trump Accountable on COVID, We Should Quit Pretending We’re a Democracy

If Donald Trump is not criminally prosecuted for his intentional misleading of Americans about the deadly risks of COVID-19, plus now holding rallies where he intentionally violates state mandates designed to protect people from contracting a virus that has taken more than 195,000 lives, then America is truly lawless. There’s no other way to look at. Why even have laws on the books if Trump can openly violate them with zero consequences?!The undisputed facts are that Trump knew how deadly and ea...
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Trump Suggests Alarming COVID Death Rate Would Decrease ‘If You Took Blue States Out’

In his latest effort to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic as the country approaches nearly 200,000 fatalities from the infectious disease, President Trump on Wednesday singled out “blue states” for the country’s jarring COVID-19 death rate. During a briefing at the White House on Wednesday, Trump attempted to paint a rosy picture of COVID-19 cases in the country by suggesting that if “you take the blue states out” of the equation, the U.S. wouldn’t be experiencing an alarming death toll rate fr...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, White House, New Jersey, Michigan, Trump, Democratic National Committee, Johns Hopkins University, New York California, White House Briefing, Summer Concepcion, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Louisiana Mississippi Arizona


Spin Cycle: How the CDC and White House spun the facts but lost the war against COVID-19

The CDC was built to protect America from coronavirus. But it misled local health authorities as cases mounted and deaths rose. See how they spun the message as the virus raced a         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump insists October vaccine possible despite CDC director's caution – live

President says at briefing: ‘I’m just telling you we’re ready to go’CDC: vaccine will not be widely available until mid- to late 2021HHS spokesperson taking leave of absence amid controversySign up for our First Thing newsletter 11.27pm BST Before ending the conference, Donald Trump confirmed that a White House staffer has tested positive for Covid-19. The president said that he did not have any personal contact with the staffer. Earlier today, a White House pool reporter said she was told b...
Tags: Cdc, Senate, White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Redfield, US elections 2020, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


CDC director Robert Redfield said face masks may be more effective than a vaccine in preventing individual coronavirus infections

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wears a mask during a House subcommittee hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images CDC director Robert Redfield said on Wednesday that wearing a mask might be "more guaranteed" to protect an individual from the coronavirus than a vaccine.  Redfield's comments came in response to a Senator's question about whether President Trump is undercutting coronavirus-prevention efforts by...
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Trump says COVID-19 death toll would be lower if you don't count the most densely populated 'blue' states

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Evan Vucci US President Donald Trump on Monday praised his reponse to COVID-19, noting that nearly 200,000 dead Americans was fewer than the 2.2 million one model projected if no mitigating action were taken at state or federal level. Trump said the death toll would be even lower if it excluded states run by Democrats. "The blue states had tremendous death rates," h...
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CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities' concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks while U.S. President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control advised state and local health authorities to make decisions on their own or look to other states and academic studies on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported.  Documents ob...
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Feds outline plan to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to all in US

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MATTHEW PERRONE | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the public. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sket...
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CDC director Robert Redfield suggests face masks may be more effective than a vaccine in preventing individual coronavirus infections

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wears a mask during a House subcommittee hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. Erin Scott-Pool/Getty Images CDC director Robert Redfield said on Wednesday that wearing a mask might be "more guaranteed" to protect an individual from the coronavirus than a vaccine.  Redfield's comments came in response to a Senator's question about whether President Trump is undercutting coronavirus-prevention efforts by...
Tags: Cdc, Washington, Senate, White House, US, Trends, Missouri, Washington Dc, House, Fda, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, The Boston Globe, Baylor College of Medicine


ICE deported a key witness in an ongoing sexual assault investigation at a Texas detention center, report says

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement's El Paso processing center seen on April 16, 2020. Paul Ratje / Agence France-Presse/AFP The US deported a key witness in an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune reported Tuesday. The woman said she and others were routinely abused in security camera blind spots, the report said. The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General had f...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Mexico, Virginia, Immigration, US, Trends, Georgia, Dhs, House, News UK, Ice, Homeland Security, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj


Trump criticizes Biden in town hall for not issuing a national mask mandate — but Biden as a candidate has no authority to do so

President Donald Trump's healthcare agenda includes lowering prescription drug prices and tackling surprise medical bills. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump called out former Vice President Joe Biden for not implementing a national mask mandate, though as Biden has no authority to do so. "They said 'we're going to do a national mandate on masks,'" Trump said Tuesday evening during an ABC News town hall. "But he didn't do it, I mean, he never did it." Biden has pre...
Tags: Politics, News, Masks, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Biden, Donald Trump, Abc News, George Stephanopoulos, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Election 2020, 2020 Elections, Mandel Ngan AFP


Trump criticizes Biden at town hall for not issuing a national mask mandate — but Biden as a candidate has no authority to do so

President Donald Trump. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump called out his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, for not implementing a national mask mandate, though Biden has no authority to do so as a candidate. "They said, 'We're going to do a national mandate on masks,'" Trump said Tuesday evening at an ABC News town hall. "But he didn't do it, I mean, he never did it." Biden has expressed support for universal mask-wearing, while Trump has shut down considerati...
Tags: Politics, News, Masks, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Nevada, Biden, Donald Trump, Abc News, George Stephanopoulos, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Election 2020, 2020 Elections


Trump is an incompetent, conspiracy theory-pushing liar who puts Americans' lives at risk

U.S. President Donald Trump walks off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House returning from California after viewing damage from that state's wildfires on November 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images We all know Trump is a compulsive liar and gullible audience for baseless conspiracy theories. But we don't always get confirmation like Bob Woodward's taped interviews showing the president blatantly lied to the American people about the transmissibility...
Tags: California, Washington, Oregon, White House, Trends, Georgia, West, Gop, World Health Organization, Fox News, Republican Party, West Coast, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Harper, Trump


Herd immunity won’t solve America's COVID-19 problem

After months battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of “herd immunity” is back in the news. This has been stoked by reports about the White House’s new pandemic advisor, Scott Altas, who has argued in favor of ending social isolation measures and simply allowing healthy people to get infected. The idea is that the virus wouldn’t spread as quickly once enough people became immune. But trying to reach herd immunity without a vaccine would be a disastrous pandemic response strategy.As mathematics...
Tags: News, White House, America, United States, New York Times, Dean, Bergstrom, Carl Bergstrom, Natalie Dean, COVID, Scott Altas


Jared ‘Success Story’ Kushner: History Will Show ‘Who Did Their Job Appropriately’ With COVID

Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday swiped at state governors’ handling of COVID-19 while defending the administration’s feeble response to the virus. Kushner’s latest comments come amid revelations that Trump knowingly downplayed the pandemic, which has killed nearly 200,000 Americans, in early 2020. When Today Show host Savannah Guthrie brought up Kushner’s astonishing victory lap in April, in which he declared Trump’s handling of t...
Tags: News, White House, Governors, Donald Trump, Trump, Savannah Guthrie, Bob Woodward, Kushner, Jared Kushner, Cristina Cabrera, COVID-19, COVID


UK coronavirus live: 3,105 new cases amid rise in hospital admissions and patients on ventilators

News updates: UK records rise in cases in 24 hours; more people need hospital treatment; Hancock says testing shortage will take weeks to fix Private labs unable to process all Covid tests, NHS email revealsHancock is losing control of Covid-19 in UK, says LabourTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’Coronation street actor diagnosed with Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates 5.10pm BST And, on Brexit, this is from Sky’s Europe correspondent Adam Parsons.Spok...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Wales, Eu, UK News, House Of Lords, NHS, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Hancock, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock


UK coronavirus live: 3,105 new cases as Hancock says testing shortage will take weeks to resolve

News updates: UK records another rise in cases in 24 hours; health secretary signals access to testing could be prioritised for those most in needPrivate labs unable to process all Covid tests, NHS email revealsHancock is losing control of Covid-19 in UK, says LabourTwo families of four chatting in street ‘would break English Covid laws’Coronation street actor diagnosed with Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates 4.25pm BST And the UK government has just updated the daily figures on its coron...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, House Of Lords, NHS, Northern Ireland, Office For National Statistics, William Hague, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Department Of Health, Hancock, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak



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