Coronavirus Vaccine

How – and When – Can the Coronavirus Vaccine Become a Reality?
It is likely we’ll eventually have a coronavirus vaccine – but perhaps not as quickly as some expect. From development, to clinical trials and distribution, ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen explains the tremendous challenges that lie ahead.

 “Fast-Tracking” a Coronavirus Vaccine Sounds Great. It’s Not That Simple.
  Among the many ways to shorten the vaccine development timeline, approving a treatment
  based on antibody data – without completing a phase 3 trial – could be contentious. This is why.

 (The president is) pushing officials to speed up already-ambitious coronavirus vaccine timeline


By cutting corners, making rash decisions, applying political pressure, playing favorites and eliminating oversight the president has made it quite clear that he isn’t into process. So why would anyone trust the results of this process?

A movie about the WWII Doolittle / Tokyo Raid with 16 B-25 bombers launched from 2 aircraft carriers (and without fighter support) comes to mind. A scene showed officials marveling at the bravery of the 80 volunteers who were about to fly the mission. That kind of commitment is borne in trust – trust that their sacrifice means something. The kind of leadership we’re seeing in this pandemic undermines that kind of trust. …

Since Feb 4, #COVID19 has killed as many Americans as WW1 did and done it 5 times faster.

Fauci says US ‘still in the first wave’ as six states see record Covid-19 cases
– Public health expert says he worries about new virus hotspots
– Fauci: ‘Personally, I would not’ attend Trump rally in Tulsa

  Good detail…
  Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise

  COVID-19 Trends for U.S. Counties
  Classes: Epidemic, Spreading, Emergent, Controlled & End Stage

Note: Lancaster County is listed as spreading.

Director of the US National Economic Council…
Larry Kudlow says record number of coronavirus cases in some states is something were going to have to get “used to,” adds that Trump is “disinclined” to recommend the re-closing of state economies even if cases spike (video)

Mike Pence encouraged governors to adopt the administration’s misleading claim that increased testing helps account for new coronavirus reports. In at least 14 states, the positive case rate is increasing faster than the increase in the average number of tests.

Pence’s Op-ed

  See text graphic…
  Pence’s point that there’s been gradual progress is correct, but he glosses over why experts
  are worried. It’s not just a “second wave,” it’s that we never successfully ended the first and
  even a plateau means a horrifying number of deaths ahead.

  The vice president is drawing criticism for an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal
  praising (the president’s) leadership and slamming the media for sounding
  alarm bells over a second wave of infections

(The president) touted the economy’s COVID resilience while his top aide dumped his stocks.
Former Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney sold up to $550,000 in securities the same day that his boss declared that the “economy is doing fantastically.”

The European Union’s meatpacking industry has 2/3 the workers of the U.S. industry
In the U.S., 24,715 meatpacking workers have caught Covid-19.  In Europe meatpacking 2,670
In US, 86 meatpacking deaths – In Europe, 4 deaths

Federal and state health agencies are refusing to give Native American tribes and organizations representing them access to data showing how the coronavirus is spreading around their lands, potentially widening health disparities and frustrating leaders

The Trump admin has lauded itself as leading the world in confronting the coronavirus. But it has so far failed to spend more than 75% of the American humanitarian aid that Congress provided three months ago to help overseas victims of the virus.

The FDA’s decision to revoke an emergency waiver for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, promoted by (the president) as potential ‘game changers,’ has left 66 million doses stranded in the federal stockpile – and officials do not yet know what they’ll do with them.

CBPP States Continue to Face Large Shortfalls Due to COVID-19 Effects

  CBPP Fact Sheet: States Grappling With Hit to Tax Collections

  It is hard to take people seriously in their commitment to racial justice when they force major
  cuts in state and local budgets, which they know will mean laying off large numbers of
  Black workers and possibly taking away their pensions

CBPP: Number of People in Families With Below-Poverty Earnings Has Soared, Especially Among Black and Latino Individuals

Survey: Unrelenting food insecurity during pandemic

Senate Majority Leader…
April: McConnell (R-KY) Says States Should Consider Bankruptcy, Rebuffing Calls for Aid

  Gov. Cuomo: “Pass a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy. I dare you. And let the
  president sign that bill … It’s your suggestion, Sen. McConnell. I dare you … You want
  to send a signal to the markets that this nation is in real trouble? … I dare you to do that.”
The greatest threats of the past decade have come in the form of a deadly virus, climate-related natural disasters, economic meltdowns, and attacks on free and fair elections. So why are expensive weapons systems and massive military installations still a foregone conclusion?

America spends over $700 billion a year on our national defense. That’s about a sixth of our overall budget and more than health care, education and all the rest of our discretionary spending combined. …

…Reconsidering our spending to invest more heavily in the programs that really keep us safe is not only possible, but long overdue.
Laicie Heeley in “We prepared for war, but should have spent our money elsewhere”

…Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.
President John F Kennedy

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