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CDC Abruptly Yanks Long-Awaited Guidance That COVID Spreads Via Air

After briefly acknowledging that the virus which causes COVID-19 spreads via the air, the Centers for Disease Control abruptly took down the post. In a section of the agency’s website titled “How COVID Spreads,” the CDC acknowledged for the first time that “droplets and airborne particles” can stay in the air and infect others – a mode of spread that has been supported by widespread evidence for months, and which President Trump acknowledged in a February phone call with Bob Woodward. “In gen...
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The CDC is retracting new guidance that said the coronavirus can float beyond 6 feet in poorly-ventilated spaces

This photo of a sneezer caught in the act was taken by Professor Marshall Jennison from MIT, and published in a 1941 research paper. Bettmann/Getty Images The CDC on Friday acknowledged, for the first time, that the coronavirus can 'remain suspended in the air.' The new CDC guidance was swiftly retracted late Monday morning, with the agency saying that "a draft version" had been "posted in error." This has happened several other times in recent months, as the White House takes issue with t...
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White House bars FDA commissioner from testifying before House committee

President Donald Trump listens as Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo/Alex Brandon The White House blocked FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn from testifying before the Energy and Commerce Committee, a White House spokesperson confirmed to Politico.  Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. and Democratic Rep. Anna G. Eshoo raised ...
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After ranting about armed uprising, top Health Dept. spokesperson takes leave (ars technica)

Enlarge / Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, on May 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Mark Wilson) Michael Caputo—the controversial spokesperson for the US Department of Health and Human Services, most recently known for watering down federal reports on COVID-19, railing against social distancing measures, and warning of left-wing “hit-squads” planning a post-election...
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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. ...
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Emails show top HHS official and Trump ally intimidating CDC official

A close ally of President Donald Trump who was serving as a top official in the Department of Health and Human Services repeatedly sent complaints about how the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was handling a media request to the agency's director in an apparent attempt to intimidate an agency communications official, according to emails shared with CNN.
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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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Trump Admin Reverses Politicized Testing Guidance After Interference Exposed

The Trump administration reversed itself on a key effort to politicize the response to COVID-19, reversing a scientifically unfounded recommendation that asymptomatic people in contact with those infected with the virus not get tested. The Centers for Disease Control made the change on its website without fanfare after the New York Times reported Thursday evening that political officials at the Department of Health and Human Services had made the change against the express wishes of CDC scien...
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Controversial coronavirus testing guidance came from HHS and didn't go through CDC scientific review, sources say

A controversial update to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's testing guidance last month was not written by CDC scientists and was posted online before it had undergone the normal scientific review process, two sources confirm to CNN.
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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 “...
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CDC guidelines discouraging people from getting COVID-19 tests was published by Trump officials despite objections from scientists, report says

President Donald Trump passes Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the White House's press briefing room on April 22, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a controversial guideline last month saying that people who were exposed to COVID-19 but didn't show symptoms should not seek a test. According to The New York Times, the advice was written by Trump administration officials and published de...
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Critics condemn Trump's rewrite of race in America in DC speech – live

President launches extraordinary attack on educationTwitter flags Trump tweet for false statement on mail-in votingTrump accused of sexual assault by former modelUS health official laments ‘politicization’ of CDCBarr criticized for comparing shutdown orders to slaverySign up for our First Thing newsletter 9.25pm BST Following up on revisionist speech at the first White House Conference on American History in which Donald Trump introduced “The 1776 Commission that will establish “patriotic” a...
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Trump Officials Stay Silent As Subordinates Rant, Froth At Mouth

There’s no other agency with as much power to respond to COVID-19 as the Department of Health and Human Services. That’s part of what made exiled HHS spokesman Michael Caputo’s litany of wrongdoing so egregious. Not only did he try to assert political control over key weekly reports on the spread of the virus, he also went on an unhinged rant Sunday in which he forecasted a civil war after the November election and said that he was being persecuted by leftist hit squads operating in the CDC. ...
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Trump Administration Canceled USPS Plan to Send 5 Free Masks to Every American Household to Avoid Creating “Concern or Panic”

The United States Postal Service had a plan to send five FREE reusable face masks to every American household back in early April … but top White House officials canceled the plan, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The plan would have sent 650 million masks to every single residential address in the United States in an effort to combat the COVID-19 crisis early on, the Post reported, citing one of thousands of internal post office documents obtained by the American Oversight watchdog group....
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Trump Claims He Called CDC Director To Correct Him On COVID Vaccine Timeline

President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he called the Centers for Disease Control director to remind him that a COVID-19 vaccine would be available before the November election. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testified before the Senate Wednesday morning that a COVID-19 vaccine would likely not have widespread availability to the public until mid-2021. But Trump told reporters on Wednesday that Redfield had been “confused” when he made the statement. “I think he made a mistake when...
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Even Trump’s CDC Director Thinks Masks Might Be More Effective Than Vaccine

CDC director Robert Redfield reiterated the importance of mask-wearing during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, just as the Trump administration released detailed plans for the nationwide distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months just in time for the November presidential election. While speaking at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Redfield urged the public to practice mask-wearing as he noted that an eventual COVID-19 vaccine isn’t guaranteed to have 100% efficacy — more like an immu...
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Biden: No Trust For Trump On COVID-19 Vaccine

The Trump administration is placing the COVID-19 vaccine at risk by aligning its release with the campaign calendar, Democratic candidate Joe Biden said in a Wednesday speech. “Scientific breakthroughs don’t care about calendars any more than the virus does,” Biden said. “[Vaccines]  timing, approval, and distribution should never ever be distorted by political considerations.” “They should be determined by science and safety alone,” he added.  Biden’s remarks come as ongoing fears that th...
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Even Trump’s CDC Director Thinks Masks Might Be More Effective Than POTUS-Rushed Vaccine

CDC director Robert Redfield reiterated the importance of mask-wearing during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, just as the Trump administration released detailed plans for the nationwide distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months just in time for the November presidential election. While speaking at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Redfield urged the public to practice mask-wearing as he noted that an eventual COVID-19 vaccine isn’t guaranteed to have 100% efficacy — more like an immu...
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BREAKING: Trump Shill At HHS Outlives His Usefulness

Health and Human Services communications chief Michael Caputo is taking a leave of absence after he had a public meltdown in which he warned of “insurrection” this past weekend. HHS announced the development in a statement, saying that Caputo’s leave would last for the next 60 days in order for him “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.” An aide to Caputo, Paul Alexander, is leaving HHS permanently. Alexander has spent the past few months attempting to interfere with the Ce...
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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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Trump's HHS spokesperson is taking medical leave after spreading wild conspiracies about armed left-wing 'hit squads' attacking Trump's inauguration

Caputo's announcement comes after he warned in a conspiracy-filled Facebook live video that his "mental health has definitely failed."
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Trump's HHS spokesperson is taking medical leave after spreading wild conspiracies about armed left-wing 'hit squads' attacking Trump's inauguration

Michael Caputo. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson Michael Caputo announced Wednesday that he will take 60 days of medical leave. The announcement comes after Caputo went on a 26-minute Facebook rant peddling conspiracy theories, warning of an armed insurrection by left-wing groups after the election, and saying his "mental health has definitely failed." He also predicted that Trump will win the election, Joe Biden will not concede, and when T...
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HHS says spokesman will take a 'leave of absence'

• CDC to 'clarify' changes made to testing guidelines, Redfield says
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HHS says spokesman will take a two-month 'leave of absence' following apology for conspiracy-laden rant

Michael Caputo, the top spokesman at the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking a two-month leave of absence from his post, the department announced Wednesday, a day after he apologized for a conspiracy theory-laden rant he made against career government scientists in which he accused them of "sedition" and working to undermine President Donald Trump.
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Federal Government Details Audacious Plan To Distribute COVID Vaccine In Coming Months

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach...
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The US just laid out a 57-page playbook to get free coronavirus vaccines to every American. Here are the 5 crucial takeaways.

The Trump administration is planning to get a coronavirus vaccine out the door to people who need it most as soon as it's approved. AP Photo/Hans Pennink The Trump administration released a playbook about how it would make sure every American in the US gets a free coronavirus vaccine.  The government will distribute the vaccine to people who need it most and then ramp up to more people as more shots are made.  Officials expect people will need to get two vaccines that will be administe...
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Apple's pushing deeper into healthcare

Welcome to Business Insider's daily healthcare newsletter, your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Today in healthcare news: What Apple's new products tell us about its healthcare ambitions, Pfizer's execs are feeling confident on vaccine data by the end of October, and an inside look at a men's health startup that's become a key testing player. Plus: We just got some...
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GovExec Daily: Communications and the Pandemic

Courtney Bublé joins the podcast to discuss the $250M messaging contract at HHS that Democrats want to investigate.
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Michael Caputo fits very well in the Trump administration

Michael D'Antonio writes that the recent conspiracy theories and threat of a looming armed conflict if Joe Biden doesn't concede to Donald Trump, made by the top spokesman for the HHS, suggests that he's doing just what his boss wants.
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Reports: HHS official, Trump ally Michael Caputo apologizes after accusing CDC scientists of traitorous acts

"When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin," Caputo reportedly told his Facebook followers.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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