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    February 26, 2021 7:57 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The president of the United States (USA), Joe Biden, celebrated this Thursday that the country has already applied 50 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19. He also asserted that the inoculation is going “in the right direction, despite the disaster inherited by the previous Administration.” “The more people are vaccinated, the faster we will defeat this pandemic. That’s why one of my first goals in office, just before I was sworn in, was to get 100 million injections of the COVID-19 vaccine into people’s arms in my first 100 days as president. “Biden recalled this. in a speech from the White House, where an act of vaccination of several people was carried out. The American President he lamented that “critics said this goal was too ambitious”. They later stated that “it was too small”, but “the US...
    Savannah Rychcik February 25, 2021 0 Comments  President Joe Biden is commemorating 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots despite the “mess” he inherited from the previous administration. While delivering remarks on Thursday, he noted one of the first goals of his presidency was to get 100 million shots administered within his first 100 days. “At first critics said that goal was too ambitious, no one could do that, then they said it was too small… America will be the first country, perhaps the only one, to get that done,” Biden said. He continued, “I’m here to report we’re halfway there, 50 million shots in just 37 days since I’ve become president, that’s weeks ahead of schedule… we’re moving in the right direction though despite the mess we inherited from the previous administration.” Watch his remarks below: ‘At first critics said that goal was too ambitious, no...
    A death sentence: Activists call on Florida governor to prioritize vaccines for farmworkers Capitol security officials in charge on Jan. 6 blame Pentagon, intel failures Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life The CDC Just Said You Should Never Have to Do This to Get Your Vaccine There’s no denying that getting your hands on a COVID vaccine isn't always easy, with appointments being snapped up in mere seconds after they become available. However, there’s one substantial barrier to getting the vaccine you don’t have to worry about, according to the CDC. Read on to discover what important factor won’t prevent you from getting your shot. And for more insight into the latest pandemic guidance, The CDC Is About to Relax These COVID Restrictions,...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, stated during Friday’s White House coronavirus briefing that vaccine manufacturers are currently conducting trials to determine the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccine in children. Fauci, outlining the “road map” for when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in children, said manufacturers hoped to have conclusive data on high school-aged children “sometime in the fall.” (RELATED: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Vaccinating All Teachers As A Prerequisite For Reopening Schools Is A ‘Nonworkable Situation’) White House Chief Medical Adviser on Covid-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci listens to US President Joe Biden (out of frame) speak during a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Feb. 11, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Starting in April, they are going to be studying 12-year-olds down to...
    A study of Israeli Sheba Hospital, released this Friday and published in the scientific journal The Lancet, showed that the first dose of vaccine produced by Pfizer Y BioNTech decreased coronavirus infections by 75% at least two weeks after administration. The study is the first in Israel, and one of the first in the world, on the efficacy of the first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, which was measured based on a sample of just over 7,000 workers the medical center where it was performed. The results showed a low efficacy of the first dose in the first two weeks after its administration but a high efficiency after the first 14 days. In addition to identifying a 75% decrease in the number of people who contracted coronavirus, the study also showed a reduction in 85% in the number of people who showed symptoms of COVID-19. According to the study, these...
    During Wednesday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today,” Vice President Kamala Harris discussed the Biden administration’s efforts to get people vaccinated for COVID-19. Harris emphasized the importance of getting “all Americans” vaccinated for the virus. She also shared the administration expects to have enough supply to complete that “by the end of July.” “First of all, we have a vaccine now, and that is great, but we need to get it in the arms of all Americans. And as the president said last night, we expect that that will be done, in terms of having the available supply, by the end of July. And so we are very excited about that. And we’re excited about what we’ve been rolling out. You’re right, we’re four weeks in as an administration, but we have, during these four weeks, done a lot that is about a national protocol for getting the vaccines to folks, supporting...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is relishing the chance to put its new-and-improved distribution program on display with the release of the forthcoming Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but problems are threatening a smooth rollout -- including a slower-than-expected production timeline and a lack of information about when and how the shots will made available. Several state officials and health providers tell CNN they're mostly in the dark about how the distribution will work. And due to a miscommunication over the production, CNN has learned the launch will be slower than federal health officials initially anticipated.More doses, fewer blind spots: What states say they want from the federal government on vaccinesThe administration is still expecting single-digit millions of doses if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration. Government officials initially thought that number would ramp up to between 20 or 30 million doses by...
    President Joe Biden vowed on Tuesday the COVID vaccine will be available to every American 'by the end of July' will millions of additional doses on the way. Biden made the promise during a CNN town hall on the pandemic as his administration faces questions about its target numbers to get the vaccine into the arms of every American. The first question from moderator Anderson Cooper was 'when is every American who wants it going to be able to get a vaccine.' 'By the end of July of this year,' Biden responded. 'By the end of July, we'll have over 600 million doses enough to vaccinate every single American.'  President Joe Biden vowed the COVID vaccine will be available to every American 'by the end of July' with an additional 600 million doses on the way President Biden is participating in a CNN town hall with moderator Anderson Cooper...
    Former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow was caught on a Fox News hot mic Tuesday calling ‘bulls**t’ on comments made by Vice President Kamala Harris about the former administration’s vaccine distribution efforts. Kudlow joined Sandra Smith and John Roberts on 'America Reports' earlier this afternoon to plug the launch of his new weekday show on Fox Business, which debuted today at 4pm. At the close of the segment, Smith aired footage from an Axios interview with Harris, in which the vice president claimed the Biden administration had to ‘start from scratch’ with their federal vaccine strategy. ‘There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations,’ Harris says in the clip. ‘We were leaving it to the states and the local leaders to try and figure it out. In many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that has been raging for almost an entire year.’ While Smith claimed Harris was...
    President Biden has embarked on an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, facing the challenge of ramping up vaccine distribution during the pandemic and providing financial assistance to millions of struggling Americans. His $1.9 trillion Covid relief package has been advancing in congressional committees, which are fleshing out the details. The House Ways and Means Committee has passed part of the package that includes $1,400 checks for many Americans. The checks would go to individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year and under $150,000 for couples. The legislation would also boost federal unemployment benefits from $300 to $400 a week and expand the child tax credit. The child tax credit would provide most families with $3,000 a year for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. The amount would be $3,600 for each child under 6. The legislation is moving forward under the process...
    President Joe Biden said wearing masks “through the next year” will save “a significant number of lives” from COVID-19 during a Thursday speech. During his speech at the National Institute Institutes of Health (NIH) Thursday evening, Biden doubled down on previous statements urging masks to be worn nationwide. Biden wore a mask during the speech and urged millions of Americans to wear masks for the considerable future, calling it a “patriotic duty.” As part of Biden’s wider mask initiative, the White House’s coronavirus pandemic team is considering sending masks to everyone in America, NBC News reported last week, which the Trump administration reportedly considered and abandoned last April. In a Jan. 17 tweet, Biden attacked the idea of masks becoming a “partisan issue” and urged Americans to mask up as a “patriotic act.” I know masks have become a partisan issue — but it’s a patriotic act. Experts say wearing...
    The Biden administration struck deals to purchase another 100 million doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus shots on Thursday, increasing the U.S. vaccine supply by 50%. “That means lives will be saved,” President Biden said at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. “That means we're now on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.” Biden had previously announced at the end of January that his administration would buy additional doses. “These purchases will allow us to accelerate our vaccination efforts to get shots into the arms of the American people,” said Norris Cochran, acting secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Biden did not offer a timeline for deliveries to hospitals and vaccination centers where people who are eligible, depending on each state’s rollout plan, to get the shots. Most states have already...
    ▶ Watch Video: Doctor discusses testing for COVID-19 variants and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine U.S. drug maker Emergent BioSolutions began speeding up its acquisition of drug supplies beginning early last year, as the coronavirus outbreak was erupting in China. In addition to producing drugs like the opioid overdose-reversing Narcan nasal spray, the firm develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics and had scored lucrative contracts for key biodefense medicines over the decades.  During the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Maryland-based company with a contract worth up to nearly $1 billion in anthrax vaccine doses in 2016. In late January last year, the company’s executives presented  a white paper for federal health officials, that showed the Trump administration how it could enlist the pandemic vaccine factory funded by President Obama nearly a decade ago. In the wake of the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, the Obama administration poured...
    U.S. drug maker Emergent BioSolutions began speeding up its acquisition of drug supplies beginning early last year, as the coronavirus outbreak was erupting in China. In addition to producing drugs like the opioid overdose-reversing Narcan nasal spray, the firm develops vaccines and antibody therapeutics and had scored lucrative contracts for key biodefense medicines over the decades.  During the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the Maryland-based company with a contract worth up to nearly $1 billion in anthrax vaccine doses in 2016. In late January last year, the company's executives presented  a white paper for federal health officials, that showed the Trump administration how it could enlist the pandemic vaccine factory funded by President Obama nearly a decade ago. In the wake of the 2009 H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic, the Obama administration poured millions into building and staffing a handful of Centers for Innovation in Advanced...
    By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The meetings begin each day not long after dawn. Dozens of aides report in, coffee in hand, joining by Zoom from agency headquarters, their homes or even adjacent offices. The sessions start with the latest sobering statistics meant to focus the work and offer a reminder of what’s at stake: new coronavirus cases, people in hospitals, deaths. But they also include the latest signs of progress: COVID-19 tests administered, vaccine doses shipped, shots injected. Where the last administration addressed the pandemic with the vernacular of a natural disaster — using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mantra of a “federally supported, state managed and locally executed” response — Biden’s team is borrowing from the Pentagon and the doctrine of overwhelming force. “We’re at war with this virus,” COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said in an interview with The Associated Press between Sunday morning meetings on the response. “We’re taking...
    Public service workers help people to check in at a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Robstown, Texas, February 9, 2021.Go Nakamura | Reuters The Biden administration will partner with Texas officials to build three new community vaccination centers in Dallas, Arlington and Houston, a member of President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response team announced Wednesday. The centers, which will be operational the week of Feb. 22, will allow health-care providers to administer more than 10,000 shots per day, Jeff Zients, Biden's Covid czar, said told reporters during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. "We are deploying teams immediately to work hand in hand with the state and local jurisdiction," he said. Zients also said later Wednesday that he will join New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a press briefing to formally announce the development of two new Covid vaccine centers in the state to help distribute shots to "underserved...
    WASHINGTON —  President Biden will harness the Defense Production Act to speed production of COVID-19 vaccines, his administration announced Friday, and the Pentagon is expected to deploy more than 1,000 active-duty troops to staff community inoculation sites, starting in California. Invoking the Defense Production Act is intended to ensure Pfizer can obtain the filling pumps and filtration units needed to manufacture its vaccine and meet its production target. Pfizer and Moderna, which have won approval to produce vaccines by the Food and Drug Administration, are each slated to deliver 100 million doses by the end of March. The Biden administration said they expect 600 million total doses will have been produced by summer’s end. Johnson & Johnson is soon expected to win approval to begin distributing its vaccine. “I would love to tell you we were sitting on stockpiles of vaccines that we found when we got here,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's urgent goal of tackling the Covid-19 pandemic depends heavily on persuading Americans to get the vaccine as quickly as possible and educating the public about the virus -- and his top aides have been eyeing this weekend's Super Bowl as an opportunity to score some points. The President and first lady Jill Biden have taped a video message thanking healthcare workers that will be shown before the game, according to a source familiar with the plans. An administration official told CNN that the White House also hoped to use this Sunday's event to combat vaccine hesitancy and speak to the African American, Latino and white, rural "non-mask wearing" communities in particular. The Super Bowl presents "an interesting opportunity to reach all three of those audiences," the official said. The White House has been in touch with the NFL and other brands involved in the Super Bowl on...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office, Eyewitness News will have a special election edition of "The Countdown" to get you caught up with all of the day's political and campaign news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Tuesday, Feb. 2Biden administration moves to provide COVID-19 vaccine to pharmaciesPresident Joe Biden's administration announced Tuesday that it is moving to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, freeing up more doses for states and beginning to distribute them to retail pharmacies next week. The push comes amid new urgency to speed vaccinations to prevent the spread of potentially more serious strains of the virus that has killed more than 445,000 Americans.Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the...
    More On: Coronavirus FDNY firefighter who responded to Ground Zero dies of COVID-19 Bill would require minimum staffing levels in NY nursing homes, hospitals US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations down for two straight weeks Infectious disease expert warns double-masking ‘can do more harm’ President Biden contends that there is “nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months” — which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign. Candidate Biden’s plan said that “the trajectory of COVID-19 in America is headed in the wrong direction,” and only he could fix it. The Biden “plan” amounted to a slew of nebulous promises that would be implemented to correct the “Trump fiasco,” such as accelerating the development of a vaccine, producing more masks and pressuring governors to sign mask mandates. Biden repeatedly promised to alter the trajectory...
    Washington (CNN)While Donald Trump's first campaign for president was all about change, his argument for re-election was based on the premise that he had delivered on his initial promises and would continue to do so. The campaign slogan "Promises made, promises kept," became Trump's rallying cry. To be sure, Trump delivered on a number of initial campaign promises. He cut regulations, lowered taxes, withdrew from the Trans Pacific Partnership, pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement and appointed hundreds of conservative justices. But in many cases, the reality behind the talking points and slogans fell short of what was actually promised. Here's a look back at how some of the most notable promises Trump made during his campaigns and throughout his time in office stack up against reality. The wallA construction vehicle parks between fences at a reinforced section of the US-Mexico border fencing eastern Tijuana, Baja California...
    The Pentagon will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to Guantanamo Bay detainees, including Al Qaeda terrorists and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, as early as next week.     Clayton Trivett Jr, who is prosecuting the case against five terrorists behind the September 11 attacks, made the disclosure in a letter to defense lawyers Thursday.   '[A]n official in the Pentagon has just signed a memo approving the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to the detainee population Guantánamo,' he wrote, according to the New York Times.  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror plot that killed 2,976 Americans. He could receive his COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week under a new order approving inoculation efforts for Guantanamo Bay detainees  Al Qaeda first: Encep Nurjaman, aka Hambali, Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, and Mohammed Farik Bin Amin, members of Southeast Asia-based extremist group known as Jemaah Islamiyah that has links to...
    More from: Karol Markowicz Beware the experts who want lockdowns to go on forever De Blasio hates gifted schooling because it exposes his own failures Florida puts New York to shame in rational pandemic policies Dont trust politicos — and other lessons from bizarre year that just passed How cancel culture keeps COVID-19 lockdown doubters silent It’s not unusual for promises made in the heat of passion during a presidential campaign to run into the cold reality of actually being president. It just usually takes longer than it did for Joe Biden. President Biden enjoyed a campaign where he rarely answered questions, particularly about ending the pandemic, or was challenged by a media which openly wished to elect him. He was able to get away with catchy slogans. When would the changes start? “Day 1!” How long would everything take? “100 days!” For “100 days” everyone would be urged...
    Moderna confirmed on Wednesday that it is in talks with the U.S. to supply an additional 100 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine. The federal government had already signed an agreement with the biotechnology company last year to purchase 200 million doses of the inoculation, and the new purchase would bring the total up to 300 million. This supply will be enough to immunize nearly half of the country's population with the two-shot regimen.  If the deal goes through, Moderna would deliver the additional doses in summer 2021. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said he is also hoping to buy 100 million more doses of the other vaccine approved for emergency use authorization in the U.S., made by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, to ensure the nation has enough vaccines for the long term. Even more doses could be available if federal scientists approve a single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson,...
    President Joe Biden said Monday he believes it'll be "this spring" when any American who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get one. This is perhaps the most ambitious target mentioned publicly by his administration thus far. "I think it'll be this spring. I think we'll be able to do that this spring," Mr. Biden said Monday when a reporter asked him when any American who wants a vaccine should be able to obtain one. "But it's going to be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we've ever tried in this country. But I think we can do that. I feel confident that by summer we're going to be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity and increasing the access for people who aren't on the first, on the list, all the way going down to children and how we deal with that. But I feel...
    What It Really Costs To Attend America’s Top 50 Colleges Renault Brings Dacia and Lada Closer Together Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life New CDC Director Just Called This 'One of the Biggest Problems' With COVID It's been less than a week since a new administration took office, including a newly appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD. There are many challenges facing Walensky, President Joe Biden, and the rest of his administration, chiefly among them is COVID vaccine distribution. On Jan. 24, during an interview with Fox News Sunday, the new CDC head revealed to host Chris Wallace that "one of the biggest problems right now" regarding the pandemic centers on a certain...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from January 25, 2021: 455,783 cases; 6,098 deaths State announces new 72 hour deadline for providers to use vaccine Registration changed for vaccine pilot sites for those 65+ Minnesota to hold clinic to vaccinate school and child care workers Article continues after advertisement 455,783 cases; 6,098 deaths Three more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Monday, for a total of 6,098. While deaths have trended downward and that represents the...
    Bradley Cortright January 25, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden predicts that every American who wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine shot will be able to receive one by the spring. During an event at the White House on Monday, Biden was asked when he believes vaccines for the virus will be widely available to the general public. “I think it will be this spring. I think we’ll be able to that his spring,” Biden said. “But it’s going to be a logistical challenge that exceeds anything we’ve ever tried in this country. But I think we can do that.” He continued, “I feel confident that by summer, we’re going to be well on our way to heading toward herd immunity and increasing the access for people who aren’t first on the list all the way going down to children… But I feel good about where we’re going, and...
    With new questions surrounding the government’s inventory of Covid-19 vaccine doses, White House press secretary Jen Psaki is passing the buck to former President Donald Trump’s administration. Appearing Monday in the White House briefing room, Psaki was quizzed by two reporters about comments made by CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky — who told Fox News, on Sunday, that her agency does not yet know how many doses of the vaccine they have on hand. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins sought to at least obtain a rough estimate. “I know it’s complicated what’s being shipped and distributed, and actually injected,” Collins said. “But is there at least a ballpark amount that officials are aware of, of how much vaccine there is?” Psaki could not throw out a number, and pinned it on the Trump team. “The confusion around this issue — which, we acknowledge, there is some confusion — speaks to a larger...
    Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who has been selected to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.Susan Walsh | AP WASHINGTON – The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Sunday that the federal government does not know how much coronavirus vaccine the nation has, a complication that adds to the already herculean task before the Biden administration. "I can't tell you how much vaccine we have, and if I can't tell it to you then I can't tell it to the governors and I can't tell it to the state health officials," CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told "Fox News Sunday." "If they don't know how much vaccine they're getting not just this week but next week and the week after they can't plan. They can't figure out how many...
    Bradley Cortright January 24, 2021 0 Comments White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is clarifying what has become a source of confusion around whether or not the Trump administration developed a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Klain was pressed on the confusion that has ensued after an unnamed Biden official claimed they were “starting from scratch” to develop a distribution plan. Host Chuck Todd noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden‘s chief medical adviser, has pushed back on the claim that the Trump administration did not have a distribution plan. He asked Klain to give him an “assessment” of “what you inherited” from the previous administration. Klain began by noting that coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time, and there have been millions of doses of the vaccines administered. However, he said, “But the process to distribute the vaccine particularly...
    (CNN)Last week, a Covid-19 patient of mine told me he is finally going home after four months in the hospital. His tracheostomy tube has been taken out and he's breathing on his own. He's finally able to walk again, with some help. It's a new beginning for him and as he wished me a happy New Year, I felt hopeful for the first time in a long time. Dr. Susannah HillsThe Covid-19 statistics in our country have been truly devastating. We surpassed 24 million cases and we are closing in on nearly 500,000 American lives lost to the pandemic. Even here in New York City, after the overwhelming sickness and death we experienced in the spring, hospitals are again nearing capacity, staff are being redeployed to care for Covid patients, and military volunteers are being sent to provide support. It feels like we started 2021 by taking a huge step...
    More than one million COVID-19 vaccines were given out in the United States yesterday as Joe Biden - just two days into his presidency - laid out his 'full scale war-time' plan to reach that exact goal. Biden has been touting for several weeks now how he will aim to have 100 million Americans inoculated within his first 100 days in office. Yet just one day after his inauguration, the US recorded 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines. The seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 vaccines being administered is already at 940,000 a day. It came as Biden signed a new executive order on Thursday to speed up vaccine delivery and doubled-down on his plan to hand out one million doses per day. He did not address that the Trump administration had already been on that trajectory to boost the number of shots closer to the one million mark. President Joe Biden,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden is so far as good as his word to "manage the hell" out of the pandemic, driven by urgency to revive a sickened, struggling nation and the certainty that his entire presidency rests on eradicating Covid-19.Until now, it's been easy for the new President to criticize the Trump administration's obviously negligent and incompetent response to the worst public health crisis in 100 years. But words are no longer enough now that he's behind the Oval Office desk with Americans dreaming of a vaccine and a return to work, family life and travel.Reflecting this pressure, Biden appeared on camera on Thursday, signing a slew of executive orders that showed him in the act of wielding his new power to combat the virus. Seizing the power of the presidency to galvanize action, he issued a detailed new anti-pandemic strategy, pledged a genuine "wartime" effort to expand vaccine distribution, supplies...
    This Wednesday Amazon sent a letter to President Joe Biden offering to help the White House distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, which represents a radical change from the relationship the company had with former President Donald Trump, who frequently attacked the company and its founder Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world. Miami World/The newspaper The Biden administration faces a challenge to accelerate the deployment of the vaccine across the country. In the letter, Amazon’s director of global consumption, Dave Clark, said the company is willing to help reach the goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans during the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency, . reported. “We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, communication capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination effort,” Clark wrote, noting that the company’s infrastructure “allows us to have a significant impact.” Amazon, the second largest employer in the United States, has plans...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly criticized former President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic Thursday during his first COVID-19 briefing under President Joe Biden. Fauci is one of few officials Biden has chosen to carry over from the Trump administration, maintaining his senior-level role in coordinating the U.S. pandemic response. Fauci took several opportunities to criticize the former president during his first appearance as a member of the Biden administration, but he did contradict a Thursday report from CNN which argued the Trump administration had left no vaccine distribution plan for the new administration. (RELATED: Press Secretary Jen Psaki Won’t Say Whether Biden Supports Senate Conviction Of Donald Trump) Dr. Fauci contradicts reports that the new administration is starting from scratch on vaccine distribution: “We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.” pic.twitter.com/luMbsgctPK — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 21, 2021 “We...
    Joe Biden's new CDC Director on Thursday said COVID-19 vaccines will not be as widely available as the flu shot by mid-February, a promise that was made by Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar last month, and that the roll out will take much longer. Speaking on Today, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was unable to give a date for when the vaccines would be available in pharmacies and said the new administration has to put 'the peddle to the metal' to get them out to Americans faster.  The Biden administration says fighting COVID-19 is its top priority and the President has vowed to vaccinate 100million Americans in his first 100 days in office.  They have made sweeping promises to ramp up vaccine distribution.  So far, they have made mentions of using medical students, medical military, retired doctors and nurses and sites like gymnasiums and community centers to bolster the vaccination...
    President Joe Biden will sign a series of executive orders and take other actions Thursday intended to dramatically expand vaccine production and distribution – to push forward his goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office. The actions and orders are the beginning of an effort to revamp the administration's policy to push out the vaccine, with 400,000 Americans already having succumbed to COVID-19, and new mutations already spreading in the country. Biden is also depending on Congress to provide $1.9 trillion for economic relief and COVID-19 response. There are a litany of complaints from states that say they are not getting enough vaccine even as they are being asked to vaccinate a broader swath of Americans.  With supply falling well short of demand and many Americans ignoring guidance to avoid travel and social contacts, the Biden team wants to establish new vaccination centers in...
    Amazon offered to help the Biden administration on Wednesday, shortly after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, with efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine, a proposal that the tech giant had not submitted to the Trump administration in the month since the vaccine was approved for public use. “As you being your work leading the country out of COVID-19 crisis, Amazon stands ready to assist you in reaching your goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans in the first 100 days of your administration,” Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of world-wide operations, wrote in a letter to Biden, according to Axios. “We are prepared to leverage our operations, information technology, and communications capabilities and expertise to assist your administration’s vaccination efforts. Our scale allows us to make a meaningful impact immediately in the fight against COVID-19, and we stand ready to assist you in this effort,” said Clark. Clark...
    A day before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Chuck Todd said the next president’s first big test will be amping up vaccine distribution and that if it’s not improved, “he will have failed.” The coronavirus death toll in the United States is expected to reach 400,000 today. Per the COVID Tracking project, 150,000 new cases were reported Monday alone and over 120,000 people are currently hospitalized with covid. Amid serious criticism of the vaccine distribution — with some Trump administration officials acknowledging weeks ago the numbers weren’t where they should have been — Biden has said his administration would speed up the rollout. Todd previewed the start of the Biden administration by saying, “Biden’s first and most crucial task is to vaccinate America, to fulfill that promise of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days.” “The ultimate success or failure of his presidency may hinge simply on that one promise that he...
    President-elect Joe Biden blasted the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout as a “dismal failure,” echoing similar denunciations from various state leaders. The Biden team plans to vaccinate more than 50 million Americans in its first 100 days. Yet current administration officials have suggested the Biden plan is aided by successes of Operation Warp Speed.
    By Sara Murray, MJ Lee and Kristen Holmes | CNN With the hours dwindling until Joe Biden is sworn in — officially taking the helm of the US government during its worst health crisis in 100 years — a sense of nervousness has set in among those advising the incoming President on the pandemic. The overarching, nagging concern: “They don’t know what they don’t know,” said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Biden is set to inherit a nation grieving hundreds of thousands of Americans who have perished from the virus, a health care system buckling under the strain of the pandemic, new variants of the disease popping up around the world and a public that is both stressed about the prospect of when they can get vaccinated, as well as dubious about whether to trust the vaccine when it’s their turn in line. Multiple officials familiar with...
    (CNN)With the hours dwindling until Joe Biden is sworn in -- officially taking the helm of the US government during its worst health crisis in 100 years -- a sense of nervousness has set in among those advising the incoming President on the pandemic.The overarching, nagging concern: "They don't know what they don't know," said a source close to the Biden Covid-19 team. Biden is set to inherit a nation grieving hundreds of thousands of Americans who have perished from the virus, a health care system buckling under the strain of the pandemic, new variants of the disease popping up around the world and a public that is both stressed about the prospect of when they can get vaccinated, as well as dubious about whether to trust the vaccine when it's their turn in line.Multiple officials familiar with the transition said the lack of full cooperation and transparency from the...
    Loading the player... According to a new report, multiple anti-vaccine organizations have received more than $850K in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program installed to provide relief to companies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read More: Trump supporter charged for spitting, coughing on Black Lives Matter protester The Washington Post reports that the National Vaccine Information Center, Mercola Health Resources, Informed Consent Action Network, the Children’s Health Defense Co., and the Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center all received PPP funding from the government. The Center for Countering Digital Hate conducted the research using public documents and uncovered the loans. The U.K.-based group used data released in early December by the Small Business Administration in response to a lawsuit from The Washington Post, among other news organizations. The groups were able to obtain the loans despite being vehicles for misinformation regarding vaccines, an effort that empowers distrust in immunizations as...
    Then-Vice President Joe Biden and Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, participate in a meeting regarding Ebola on November 13, 2014, in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Incoming chief of staff Ronald Klain told CNN's Jake Tapper the Biden administration is inheriting a 'huge mess' from the Trump team when it comes to the vaccine rollout. Klain said the Biden administration has a plan to fix it and speed up the delivery of the vaccine. Biden plans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic on his first day in office, in addition to rolling back several of Trump's policies including the Muslim travel ban and rejoining the Paris climate accord.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Incoming White House chief of staff Ronald Klain said Sunday President-elect Joe Biden's administration is gearing up to address the "huge mess" it is inheriting from the Trump administration regarding the coronavirus vaccine rollout....
    (CNN)The final full week of Donald Trump's presidency ended with a nation in disarray -- fearful about the threats surrounding Inauguration Day in a capital city that has become a fortress; unsettled by new details of the harm that rioters could have inflicted on lawmakers during last week's insurrection; and angry at the revelation that the administration's pledge to release a reserve of Covid-19 vaccine doses was hollow. In the midst of those grave security threats and the frustrating news that there is no such vaccine reserve, the President was still conspicuously missing in action at the White House Friday. It was Vice President Mike Pence who was seen doing the work normally required of a commander-in-chief -- from visiting the National Guard troops guarding the Capitol to making the long-delayed phone call to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to offer assistance in the presidential transition. The President met on Friday...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days. It’s part of a broader COVID strategy that also seeks to straighten out snags in testing and ensure minority communities are not left out. “Some wonder if we are reaching too far,” Biden said Friday. “Let me be clear, I’m convinced we can get it done.” The real payoff, Biden said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science. Biden spoke a day after unveiling a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” to confront the virus and provide temporary support for a shaky economy. About $400 billion of the plan is focused on measures aimed at controlling the virus. Those range from mass vaccination centers to more sophisticated scientific analysis of new strains and...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS/AP) — Getting 100 million shots into Americans’ arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden declared Friday. Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths. “You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation,” Biden said. But he also underscored a need for Congress to approve more money and for people to keep following basic precautions, such as wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and frequently washing their hands. “This is not a political issue,” Biden said. “This is about saving lives. I know it’s become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing to happen.” Biden spoke a day after unveiling a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” to confront the virus and...
    Spc. Katherine Deskins (L) of the Nevada Army National Guard administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Clark County Fire Department Capt. Jasmine Ghazinour on the first day of Clark County's pilot vaccination program at Cashman Center on January 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Ethan Miller | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden plans to use FEMA and the National Guard to build coronavirus vaccine clinics across the United States, according to new details of his Covid-19 vaccination plan released by his transition team on Friday. The Biden administration will also "quickly jumpstart" efforts to make the vaccines available at local pharmacies across the U.S., which should ensure that Americans have access to doses at facilities only miles from their home, according to the plan.  "Here's the deal: The more people we vaccinate, the faster we do it, the sooner we can save lives and put this pandemic behind us and get...
    (CNN)State officials are skeptical that President-elect Joe Biden can meet his goal of 100 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days, with a week to go before his start date and a slew of unanswered questions still swirling around his plan.Multiple state officials and sources familiar with the Biden transition team's outreach told CNN in recent interviews that they are unclear on major details of the Biden team's plans -- including those for mass vaccination sites, vaccine supply issues and funding for local governments. CNN previously reported that the incoming administration is still deliberating major details of its national vaccination plan. Biden is expected to unveil his plans for vaccines on Thursday, along with a major Covid relief package that his advisers have told allies in Congress is expected to be in the ballpark of $2 trillion, according to two people briefed on the deliberations. The Biden team has...
    (CNN)The US keep breaking records in the coronavirus pandemic. The latest: 3 million new cases in the first two weeks of the year.But some experts say there's hope.Vaccines, spring weather and, surprisingly, the high number of infections all offer cause for optimism, Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia and a member of the US Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said Wednesday.Plus there's an expectation the incoming Biden administration will handle things better than the Trump administration has.While the "awful" numbers are likely to worsen for the next couple of months, Offit believes that the US could stop the spread of the virus by June. Read MoreOffit believes that things "are soon going to get dramatically better." Were entering year two of the pandemic. Heres what happens nextVaccines Two Covid vaccines licensed for use in the...
    Dr Paul Offit (pictured) says he believes the U.S. can get the coronavirus pandemic under control by June A public health expert claims the U.S. may be able to control the spread of the novel coronavirus by this summer. Despite America recording its highest single-day death toll with more than 4,300 fatalities, Dr Paul Offit told CNN's New Day he is optimistic for several reasons. Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center and a physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says two new vaccines are soon expected to be approved, which will speed up the national rollout. He adds that with warmer weather and the incoming Biden administration, the U.S. may be able to stop the transmission of COVID-19 by June.  Currently, there are only two vaccines approved for emergency use authorization in the U.S.: one by Pfizer and the other by Moderna....
    Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief executive of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, tendered his resignation Tuesday evening after being asked to do so by President-elect Joe Biden’s team. Biden had heaped praise on Slaoui and the Warp Speed team for rapidly pushing two separate vaccines to market in record time, but in recent days, the president-elect has criticized the Trump administration’s distribution plan. WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 15: (L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, speaks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) “I have submitted my resignation letter yesterday to the current administration thanking them for giving me the opportunity to help our country and our people as well as the people of the world,” Slaoui said Wednesday morning on...
    (CNN)On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a change in its Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan, an effort step up the grossly insufficient number of vaccinations that have been administered to date. Megan RanneyFollowing an altered distribution protocol that President-elect Joe Biden announced last week, the administration will now release all available doses of the vaccine.Of equal importance, the announcement also allows for immediate vaccination of individuals 65 and older and provides assistance to states in setting up administration sites. Although I see these plans as a much-needed step in getting first vaccine doses in arms, we must ask whether and how this will affect the speed and equity of vaccine administration. Why should we ask these questions?Well, I -- in my personal capacity -- have heard about well-connected friends and community members who have managed to get vaccinated against Covid-19, even though they meet no current...
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With COVID-19 surging and vaccinations off to a slow start, President-elect Joe Biden will rapidly release most available vaccine doses to protect more people, his office said Friday, a reversal of Trump administration policies. “The president-elect believes we must accelerate distribution of the vaccine while continuing to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible,” spokesman T.J. Ducklo said in a statement. Biden “supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now.” Biden’s plan is not about cutting two-dose vaccines in half, a strategy that top government scientists recommend against. Instead, it would accelerate shipment of first doses and use the levers of government power to provide required second doses in a timely manner. The Trump administration has...
    January 5, 2021, Clearwater, Florida, USA: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines rest on the desk of RN Toni Martin who was administering the shots at the Clearwater Health Department's clinic.Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Just a few weeks ago, Americans cheered as the first coronavirus vaccines were shipped from warehouses to hospitals and health departments across the country. But the optimism was short-lived: Reports suggest that the rollout program is uneven and chaotic. Jen Kates, senior vice president and director of global health & HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, is tracking states’ vaccination enrollment efforts. She found that a Sarasota, Florida, public health department used Eventbrite to sign up vaccine recipients, while some districts in Georgia used SurveyMonkey. Elsewhere, unsuspecting supermarket shoppers have been surprised...
    Friday on CNN’s “New Day,” network host Fareed Zakaria contemplated what a Biden administration may look like on the world stage, especially as Communist China appears to be on the rise. Zakaria noted how initially China had struggled with COVID-19 but claimed China had since “vanquished the virus” without a vaccine. “Just think about where we are now with China,” he said. “China is now clearly the second-most important country in the world. The United States and China are in a league of their own. China has come out of this pandemic in many ways stronger. Yes, its reputation got battered a bit because of its early handling — but it has essentially vanquished the virus without a vaccine. It also has vaccines onboard. It is moving forward with much greater confidence in the world. And a lot of countries, allies in Europe and in Asia are wondering what is...
    Savannah Rychcik December 31, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is closing the year out with a message, including what he believes is his biggest accomplishment. “Over and over again, we were told it would be impossible to deliver a vaccine by the end of the year. All of the experts said, ‘Absolutely unthinkable. Trump is exaggerating. It can’t happen.’ And we did it long before the end of the year,” Trump said in a video he posted to Twitter on Thursday. He added, “They said it would take a medical miracle and that’s exactly what it is. Years from now, they’ll be talking about it. They’ll be talking about this great, great thing that we did with the vaccines.” Trump said because of Operation Warp Speed, a vaccine was developed in just nine months. “The world will benefit. We’ll benefit. And everybody’s calling to thank me,”...
    According to the CDC's data tracker, only 2.1 million Americans have received the first round of the vaccine. Top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that Donald Trump's administration has fallen far short of its projected goal for number of vaccines administered by the end of the year — about 18 million short, in fact. The administration had previously promised to deliver and administer 20 million vaccines by the end of the year. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID Data Tracker, only about 2.1 million Americans had received the first dose of the vaccine as of Tuesday morning. Fauci said on CNN Tuesday that such a rate was "certainly not at the numbers that we wanted to be at the end of December."
    Pfizer Inc is close to striking a deal with the U.S. government to supply tens of millions of additional doses of its COVID-19 vaccine next year, according to new reports. In exchange, the pharmaceutical company will be granted greater access to the manufacturing supplies needed to create the vaccine under a government directive, the New York Times revealed. The deal could be announced as early as Wednesday, helping the U.S. to face off a looming shortage in vaccine doses for US adults. While Pfizer and Moderna have both received federal approval for emergency distribution of their vaccines, they can only produce a limited number of vaccines over the next six months.  This could potentially leave 110 million American adults uncovered until halfway through 2021.  Pfzier is reportedly close to a new deal with the U.S. government to supply 100 million vaccine doses between April and June 2021 in exchange for...
    As Vice President Mike Pence sat for his COVID-19 vaccine shot Friday morning, governor’s offices across the country were fuming, confused as to why their states were set to receive significantly fewer Pfizer doses than originally expected. For months, states worked with the federal government to iron out plans for how many doses they’d receive, where and when they’d be distributed, and who would get the shots first. Senior officials with Operation Warp Speed, a public-private partnership to fasttrack a vaccine, touted the administration’s planning as a success, saying that the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) had worked with states to make the distribution go smoothly. But within days of declaring an unambiguous triumph, things have gone seriously awry. As vaccines have made their way from warehouses to hospitals across the country, state officials from Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Georgia, and Washington State, among...
    Latino workers cross the street in the Westlake area by MacArthur Park, Los Angeles on May 21, 2020. - Undocumented immigrants impacted by the corornavirus shutdown could apply for California coronavirus emergency assistance plan for undocumented people in April.APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.For some undocumented people, the concern started in early November, when the CEO of Pfizer said in an interview that the COVID-19 vaccine “would be available for free to all American citizens.” What about the more than 10 million people living in the United States without legal status, they thought? Many are elderly, many live in multigenerational homes, many work essential jobs, and many have been hit incredibly hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Would they have to pay exorbitant fees for the vaccine?...
    'The vice president doesn't want to go down with this ship,' a senior administration official said. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife received the coronavirus vaccine live on camera on Friday in what the Trump administration called an effort to assure Americans of the vaccine's safety. Meanwhile, Donald Trump spent the past two days slamming elected officials for not overturning the election and retweeting debunked conspiracy theories about coronavirus safety measures. Pence has been more or less silent on Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election since Nov. 3 except for a few public appearances that seemed designed to shore up his base and protect his political future.
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that some senior Trump administration officials will soon publicly take Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to ensure public trust in its safety and efficacy. President Donald Trump, however, might not be part of that first group. McEnany, fielding questions at a White House press briefing, noted that “the president has said he is absolutely open to taking the vaccine.” (RELATED: Fauci Says Biden, Harris, Trump And Pence All Need To Be Vaccinated As Soon As Possible) “He’s been emphatic about that, to me privately and to you all publicly. He did recently recover from COVID,” she continued. “He has the continued protective effects of the monoclonal antibody cocktail that I mentioned, and he will receive the vaccine as soon as his medical team determines that it’s best. He wants to make sure the vulnerable get access first.” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the face of the United States' battle with COVID-19, could be a week away from getting vaccinated. Fauci, 79, is considered at higher-risk for the coronavirus due to his age, making him a prime candidate to receive the vaccine ahead of the general population. Health care workers began receiving the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, with first responders and nursing home residents being prioritized as the first eligible to be jabbed. 'I think it could be within a week,' Fauci said during an interview with MSNBC about when he may get vaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci may be getting the coronavirus vaccine in the coming week or two Vaccine rollouts are beginning across the United States this week Health care workers will be the first people eligible to receive the vaccine. Pictured: a UCHealth pharmacist holding one of the first vaccines available in Colorado Spring, Colorado...
    High-ranking White House officials will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine, receiving it at a time when it is in very limited supply and mostly available only to high-risk health care workers across the country. As CNN reported, the top officials within the Trump administration will be among the first in the country to be vaccinated against the deadly virus. “Those vaccinations, which could begin as soon as this week, would come while the vaccine is in extremely limited supply and only generally available to high-risk health care workers,” the report noted. The report added that other parts of the Trump administration will be vaccinated in the coming days, including frontline providers at the National Institutes of Health. As CNN reported, the Pfizer/BioNTech began being shipped out this weekend, with distribution coming in waves that prioritize those at the highest levels of risk and with roles in...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden and Harris named Time's 2020 'Person of the Year' US to sanction Turkey over Russian defense system: report Federal government executes Brandon Bernard despite last-minute appeals MORE touted the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday, calling it “really good news” for the country.  “Today our nation has achieved a medical miracle. We have delivered a safe and effective vaccine in just nine months. It is one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history. It will save millions of lives and soon end the pandemic once and for all,” Trump said in a video posted to Twitter.  “On behalf of the American people, I’d like to thank all of the brilliant scientists, technicians, doctors and workers who made this all possible," he added. pic.twitter.com/ofLq3OMicv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2020 The praise comes after the FDA...
    Former Apprentice star and comedian Noel Casler is again speculating about Donald Trump’s administration — this time about its decision to pass on the chance to buy more of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. According to Casler, the decision is linked to Jared Kushner’s work behind the scenes. “Trump didn’t buy more covid vaccine from Pfizer because Jared Kushner hadn’t figured out a way to get a piece of the profits on the backend. Let’s be real about this,” Casler tweeted. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of vaccine experts endorsed Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, and it will sit down later this month to discuss doing to the same for Moderna’s preparation. As reported by The Denver Post, the president committed to an initial package of 100 million Pfizer’s doses but could have purchased as much as five times more. The publication claimed that the Trump administration’s decision could delay the...
    The U.S. government has purchased another 100 million doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine to be delivered by June, the firm announced on Friday.  Operation Warp Speed exercised an 'option' in its $1.5 billion deal with Moderna that allows it to secure more doses of the shot beyond the initial purchase of 100 million doses.  There are similar options written into the government's contracts with other vaccine-makers, including Pfizer and AstraZeneca, but this is the first time it has used this option.  However, Pfizer approached the U.S. government with an offer for them to secure more doses of its vaccine, but the Trump administration declined, and there's no longer a guarantee that more doses will be available as other countries, including the UK and Canada, snap them up.   In total, the U.S. is now entitled to 200 million doses of Moderna's vaccine, bringing its total payment to the firm to $4.1...
    (CNN)This week, President Donald Trump was still at it, baselessly trying to undermine the 2020 election. Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone, killing more Americans than those killed on September 11, 2001, in a single day -- and is projected to continue to hit new highs.Through it all, Trump has remained fixated on denying his own electoral loss, including at this week's vaccine summit at the White House. While the event was intended to tout breakthroughs with Operation Warp Speed, Trump also neglected to invite anyone from the incoming Biden administration, even though his successor will largely oversee vaccine distribution in 2021. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Trump's administration is now putting major pressure on the FDA chief to...
    (CNN)As the world watched the first Briton receive her coronavirus vaccine this week, Operation Warp Speed officials appeared bewildered by questions about whether such a prominent rollout was planned for the first dose in the US.Asked by a reporter if there was a plan to publicize the milestone in the US, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, "You make me feel as if we should.""We probably do need to make a plan for, you know, who's going to get it first visibly," said Army Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed.The exchange offered the latest example of the lack of coordinated communications plan from the federal government just days before the first Americans could begin receiving a coronavirus vaccine.First Britons receive Covid-19 vaccine, a landmark moment in the pandemicAs videos of first Britons receiving the vaccine were replayed on televisions and cell phones across the...
    President Donald Trump blasted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday morning, saying the "big, old, slow turtle" isnt moving fast enough in getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the public. He wrote on Twitter: "While my pushing the money drenched but heavily bureaucratic @US_FDA saved five years in the approval of NUMEROUS great new vaccines, it is still a big, old, slow turtle. Get the dam vaccines out NOW, Dr. Hahn @SteveFDA. Stop playing games and start saving lives!!!" "I just want to stop the world from killing itself!" Trump added in a subsequent tweet. He also used the platform to repeat criticisms of Democrat Joe Bidens involvement in the swine flu vaccine program during the Obama administration: "The Swine Flu (H1N1), and the attempt for a vaccine by the Obama Administration, with Joe Biden in charge, was a complete and total disaster. Now they want to come in and...
    Yeah, that's what will boost vaccination rates: Tell everyone they're going on a government list. As the nation prepares to distribute an actual COVID-19 vaccine—though most Americans will have to wait many more months before they are able to get that vaccination themselves—a new controversy is emerging. The New York Times reports that the Trump-overseen Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is demanding that states provide the "names, birth dates, ethnicities and addresses" of those getting the vaccine. You can see the many problems here. The federal government says it will be building a list of everyone in America who has gotten the vaccine, including their ethnicities and where they live. During the best of times that would set teeth on edge, but coming from a white nationalist administration proven to have far more interest in retribution and racism than public safety, and which lies about everything, all the...
    Washington (CNN)Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that he has met with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and pledged a smooth transition, a rare recognition of the coming transfer of power from a top member of President Donald Trump's administration.At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is surging across the nation, Azar predicted on CNN's "New Day" that 20 million people will be vaccinated in "the next several weeks." He said the Trump administration is negotiating with Pfizer to secure additional doses of its vaccine and said the administration will "use every power" under the Defense Production Act to aid private companies with the massive logistical requirements of vaccinating the country."I have already met with the Biden transition team. We want to make sure they get everything that they need," Azar told CNN's Alisyn Camerota, adding that he would be in touch with Biden's pick to lead...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a three-part plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the first 100 days of his administration. Biden, speaking in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware as he formally unveiled his team of top health officials, emphasized “masking, vaccinations, opening schools. These are the three key goals for my first 100 days.” TRUMP SAYS CORONAVIRUS VACCINES 'TO END THE PANDEMIC' And the president-elect stressed “I’m absolutely convinced that in 100 days we can change the course of the disease and change life in America for the better.” Biden spelled out first the first time how he would implement his mask mandate for the first 100 days of his administration, which he’s previously announced. The president-elected explained that it will start with "my signing an order on day one to require masks where I can under the law, like federal buildings, interstate travel on planes, trains,...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday held what was billed as a summit to celebrate and mark the progress of the development of a vaccine to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. But after a few minutes of touting the success of Operation Warp Speed, his address morphed into an unspooling of grievances over the election outcome as well as an unfounded assertion that the rising number COVID-19 cases across the country was, in fact, a “terrific” development. “I hear we’re close to 15 percent. I’m hearing that, and that’s terrific,” Trump said of the percentage of Americans who have contracted COVID-19. He appeared to be referencing the increased likelihood that a rising infection rate would bring the country closer to so-called herd immunity, which would effectively stop the virus from spreading because there would be no potential carriers to which it could go. In fact, infectious disease experts say...
    President Donald Trump ended his Tuesday remarks at a coronavirus vaccine summit by denying that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 general election. Trump’s comments were prompted by NBC’s Peter Alexander, who asked why the administration had not invited anyone from Biden’s team to attend the event as they will be responsible for overseeing the majority of the distribution. (RELATED: FDA Releases Tranche Of Pfizer Data And Documents, Clearing Way For Vaccine’s Emergency Approval) WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 07: President Donald Trump speaks to the media after presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dan Gable in the Oval Office on December 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) “We’re going to have to see who the next administration is because we won in those swing states, and there were terrible things that went on,” Trump answered. “Whichever the next administration is will really be able to...
    Over the past few weeks, administration officials have repeatedly briefed President Donald Trump on data showing that the steep uptick in COVID-19 infections and deaths would likely soon bring one of the darkest chapters of the pandemic to the country. But Trump, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation, has remained unmoved. “It has not changed his approach,” said one senior administration official, who works closely with the task force. The official added that Trump has, at times, responded to such warnings with insistence that his administration accomplished a “miracle” with the development of a COVID vaccine—an elixir for the pandemic fight that the president insisted Joe Biden, the man who bested him in the 2020 election, couldn’t have pulled off. Trump’s nonchalance in the face of horrifying COVID news is hardly new. Nor are his optimistic boasts about a coming vaccine. And yet, the latest round...
    Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera suggested naming the new COVID-19 vaccine in honor of President Donald Trump while appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Friday. Amid calls for Trump to concede, Rivera suggested a name that would link the president with his administration’s efforts in bringing a suitable COVID-19 vaccine to the American people. “With the world so divided, and everybody telling [Trump] he’s gotta give up, and time to leave, and time to transition and all the rest of it, why not name the vaccine the Trump?” Rivera said. “Make it like, ‘Have you gotten your Trump yet?’ It would be a nice gesture to him.” (RELATED: ‘Just Had Heartfelt Phone Call’: Geraldo Rivera Gives Update After Speaking Privately With President Donald Trump) To soften the blow of defeat Fox’s Geraldo proposes naming the vaccine after Trump. “It would be a nice gesture to him and years from now it would...
    How Russian UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko ended up living in Latin America Thanksgiving desserts that arent pies Dr. Fauci on Biden’s scientific credentials — and the delay in the transfer of power KEY WORDS ‘They are critical.’ — That’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past three decades and the country’s leading infectious disease doctor, talking about the importance of a smooth transition of power. Fauci, 79, who has worked with six administrations, likened political transitions to a relay race, and said it’s better not to stop in order to pass on the baton. Load Error “I would like to see the interactions of people who are coming in, doing the things that are being done now by the task force,” he said Tuesday. “Obviously, there is no doubt it is better to have a smooth transition.” He...
    Pfizer contradicted the mainstream media’s narrative that President Trump wasn’t realistic about the speed of a coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday by announcing its vaccine candidate met all primary efficacy endpoints in a Phase 3 clinical trial, and that it planned to file for emergency use authorization “within days.” Pfizer's vaccine isn't the only one that could destroy the media's pre-election talking points, as Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said on Monday 20 million doses of his company's vaccine will be available by the end of the year. Some media critics are now reassessing the mostly negative coverage of Trump's prior optimistic pronouncements about a vaccine.  “Trump was universally panned by the media for saying during the second presidential debate that a vaccine would be coming by the end of the year, if not in a matter of weeks,” Spectator USA Washington editor Amber Athey told Fox News. PFIZER TO REQUEST CORONAVIRUS VACCINE EMERGENCY USE...
    As prospects for an effective vaccination for the coronavirus have improved for the coming year, Donald Trump has grown outwardly resentful that he won’t be in the Oval Office to take the credit for it. For months, Trump had promised that a COVID vaccine was coming shortly. He put much of his election hopes on the possibility. But the announcement from two major pharmaceutical companies of hugely successful trial results for their respective COVID vaccine candidates came in the days after the votes were cast. And while it may have brought joy to the markets and public health officials, for Trump it was nothing but a heap of frustration. Prior to the announcement of those breakthroughs, the president had brainstormed with aides and close associates about ways he could promote the vaccine to the American people. According to two individuals with direct knowledge of his private comments, the president had...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump finally has something legitimate to take credit for in his coronavirus response: A vaccine that appears poised to reach Americans in record time.The federal government poured billions into developing and manufacturing vaccine candidates in the hopes they would prove safe and effective. The pricey gamble appears to be paying off, with a vaccine on track to reach some Americans by the end of the year -- the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed."Should the administration be praised for this? Absolutely," said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and a sharp critic of the administration's coronavirus response. "Donald Trump probably doesn't know the difference between a white cell and a prison cell, but the administration got this right."Health experts broadly agree that the Trump administration's national vaccine strategy was a success. The Trump administration was willing to invest...
    Culture critic: Hold the Christmas Songs “Seeking to cheer up the population,” observes “Candid Camera” host Peter Funt in The Wall Street Journal, music- and video-service firms are “betting” Christmas-themed entertainment is what’s needed right now. In September, one Ohio radio station branded itself “The Valley’s Christmas Station.” That felt like “a stretch ahead of the first frost.” Larger stations across the country reportedly went to “all-holiday offerings soon after Halloween.” In his youth, recalls Funt, “no outlet dared cue” Christmas fare until after Thanksgiving. “Like many people, I’m seduced by songs of the season.” Yet when they blared “from my car radio on Election Day, it was unsettling and out of place.” And while he’s “looking forward to a ‘Holly, Jolly Christmas,’ ” for the next few weeks at least, “I’d prefer a silent night.” Doctor: Cuomo’s Deadly Vaccine Politics Gov. Cuomo says “he has been ‘talking to other...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a September 8, 2020 news conference. Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against President Donald Trump's administration for its vaccine distribution plan, Operation Warp Speed.  Trump took to Twitter on Friday to express intent to delay immunization in New York, following Cuomo's continued criticism of the plan and call for a state-level review board of the process.  Cuomo has spoken out against the plan in recent weeks, regarding both concerns over safety of expedited mass immunizations and lack of accessibility to communities of color.  "I tell you today, if the Trump administration does not change this plan and does not provide an equitable vaccine process, we will enforce our legal rights," Cuomo said on Sunday.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening legal action against President Donald Trump's administration...
    Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threatened to sue the Trump administration if they withhold a vaccine for his state, telling a Manhattan congregation that 'enough people and have died and enough injustice has been done during COVID.' The New York governor and Donald Trump are engaged in an escalating war of words over the coronavirus vaccine. Cuomo has said that, given Trump's mishandling of the pandemic, he appointed an independent panel of experts to certify the vaccine once it becomes available and reassure New Yorkers that it was safe. Several others states, including California, Nevada and Oregon, are doing the same. Trump, angered by the slight, said that New York won't get any vaccine. From the pulpit of the Riverside Church on Sunday, where Martin Luther King spoke out against the Vietnam War and Nelson Mandela preached racial tolerance, Cuomo said that it was wrong to play games with a vaccine....
    President Donald Trump delivers an update on his administration's COVID-19 response at the White House on November 13, 2020.Chris Kleponis/CNP via ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The Trump administration’s ongoing refusal to recognize Joe Biden as the election’s legitimate winner and initiate the transition process is endangering the nation’s ability to fight the coronavirus. That was the message delivered Sunday by doctors serving on Biden’s pandemic task force, by Biden’s incoming chief of staff, and even by a Republican governor. “There is a lot of information that needs to be transmitted,” Atul Gawande, a surgeon and Harvard Medical School professor named to Biden’s team, said on ABC’s This Week. “It can’t wait until the last minute.” Gawande said that “it is in the national interest” for Biden’s team of experts to have...
    Madison Summers November 14, 2020 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is hitting back at President Donald Trump after the president made a threat over COVID-19 vaccine distribution to his state. Following the president’s vaccine threat, Cuomo responded on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Friday calling Trump’s remarks “untrue” and that Trump “luckily” will not “be here” when the vaccine is made available. “He tries to bully people,” the New York governor later added. “He tries to bully governors, he uses government as a retaliatory tool… I’m not going to let a bully push New Yorkers around, period.” Cuomo similarly told MSNBC during an appearance, “The American people trust the drug company more than they trust the president.” Watch Cuomo’s response below: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo responds to Pres. Trumps comments, saying, "luckily he wont be here" when a vaccine arrives. https://t.co/Oy3SHbO3O8 pic.twitter.com/9K5uDcMj6o— The Situation Room...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo fired back Friday after President Donald Trump suggested he would hold back the coronavirus vaccine for New York because of previous comments the governor made questioning whether people can trust the Trump administration to properly distribute vaccines. During his press conference on the pandemic earlier Friday, Trump said, “As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population with the exception of places like New York state where for political reasons the governor decided to say — I don’t think it’s good politically, I think it’s bad from a health standpoint, but he wants to take this time on the vaccine and he doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from… We can’t be delivering it to a the state that won’t be giving it to its people immediately.” “None of what he said is true. Surprise surprise,” Cuomo said...
    President Donald Trump said Friday that Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine will be available to the entire American population by April but seemed to concede for the first time publicly that he might be out of office at that point in time. “Millions of doses will soon be going out the door. They are already, waiting for that final approval,” Trump stated during a press briefing on Operation Warp Speed, the government’s coronavirus vaccine initiative. “As soon as April, the vaccine will be available to the entire general population, with the exceptions of places like New York state.” Trump, speaking publicly for the first time in eight days, also criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for deciding “to say, ‘I don’t think it’s good politically. I think it’s very bad from a health standpoint,'” regarding the vaccine news. (RELATED: Joe Biden Names Ron Klain, Obama’s Ebola Czar, His White House Chief Of...
    A coronavirus advisor to president elect Joe Biden believes that shutting down businesses nationally for between four to six weeks could help the United States from entering 'Covid hell'. Dr. Michael Osterholm said Wednesday that a national lockdown may be the best way to keep hospitalizations and deaths down across the country until a vaccine can be distributed. Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, claims that the country's economy will not suffer as a result, if enough money is borrowed to pay wages during the shutdowns. It comes as coronavirus hospitalizations and infections hit single-day highs in the U.S., although deaths are still about half what they were in the peak in April. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo already began pulling back opening hours of bars and restaurants, ordering them to close at 10pm daily from this...
    Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, criticized President Trump's focus on the declared outcome of the 2020 election, saying he needs to work on getting a vaccine approved and distributed instead. Troye, who has become an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, worked as a homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to Pence for two years and later became a member of the task force aiming to find solutions to fight COVID-19. "The safe, timely and equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines to the American people will be an undertaking akin to landing a spacecraft on an asteroid," Troye wrote in an op-ed for NBC News published on Wednesday. "For every day — even every hour — of delay, lives will be lost, people will suffer and economic misery will continue. Sulking in electoral defeat, the Trump administration is willfully prolonging the agony." Last week, several media...
    By Will Weissert, Philip Marcelo and Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WILMINGTON, Delaware — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday implored Americans to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, even as he cheered promising news about the development of an effective vaccine. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced strong results from a vaccine trial and said it was on track to file an emergency use application with regulators later this month. But Biden warned Americans against complacency, pleading with them to be aggressive in wearing masks and practicing social distance as cases of the virus surge. The nation passed the sobering total of 10 million infections on Monday, and there have been more than 237,000 deaths from COVID-19. “We could save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Not Democratic or Republican lives, American lives,” Biden said. “Please, I implore...
    (CNN)The United States just passed 9 million coronavirus cases and is, according to one forecast, set to hit nearly 400,000 Covid-19 deaths by February.The Trump administration has made clear that a vaccine is the centerpiece of its response to the pandemic and has promised to deliver one by the end of the year. But while states filed their plans with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weeks ago, they have received no funds from Congress to start building the infrastructure they will need to distribute those vaccines to tens of millions of people.There's no hope any money is coming before Election Day. And what happens after Tuesday might make things even worse.CVS, Walgreens to help distribute Covid vaccines to nursing homesOne big fear among public health leaders: If voters repudiate President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in the Senate, will that kill any motivation they had to...
    Peter Thiel's secretive data-mining firm Palantir is working with the federal government to track the manufacture, distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines across America, according to health officials. State and local health officials told the Wall Street Journal Palantir, one of the world's biggest surveillance companies, has been developing a software called Tiberius to help authorities decide where to allocate vaccines.  The system will be able to show officials which areas have a high presence of vulnerable and elderly people or frontline healthcare workers so that shots can be prioritized to these areas first, officials explained.  Palantir has worked with the US government on several high-profile contracts in the past including helping the military track down Osama bin Laden and currently tracking COVID-19 hospitalizations across the country.  However, the company has been slammed by human rights groups over controversial programs including helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement track down illegal immigrants and...
    (CNN)When President Donald Trump huddled with vaccine makers last spring, the CEO of Regeneron -- who landed an audience with the President after a private call to a well-placed White House adviser -- made the most of the chance to plug his company's coronavirus treatment.During that face-to-face meeting at the White House in March, Trump appeared taken with Dr. Len Schleifer's promise of a treatment that could speed up the recovery for sick coronavirus patients and prevent others from becoming infected. At least one top government scientist was also convinced. Dr. Rick Bright, former head of biomedical research at the Department of Health and Human Services, had witnessed Schleifer's phone pitch for the right to make his case to Trump directly. He, too, believed that monoclonal antibodies held huge potential for combating the pandemic.But in the months that followed, Trump's focus drifted toward other unproven treatments such as hydroxychloroquine and...
    NBC/Zuma For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.While President Trump began his town hall on NBC by dodging basic questions about when he was tested for the coronavirus before the last debate and railing against wearing masks, Joe Biden opened his parallel town hall by blasting the president for his handling of the pandemic and outlining how he would have handled it. “He didn’t talk about what needed to be done because he kept worrying, in my view, about the stock market,” Biden said. “He worried if he talked about how bad this could be, unless we took these precautionary actions, then, in fact, the market would go down. And his barometer of success of the economy is the market.” Biden said that if he’d been president this year, he would have followed the playbook that was originally laid...
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