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In any discussion about the race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA) will almost certainly be mentioned. The biotech ranked among a select group of companies to receive significant funding as part of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government program created to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development. It is without question one of the clear leaders in developing a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
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White House Orders Hospitals to Bypass CDC Even as Agency Director Prepares for ‘the Most Difficult Times’
The White House is now requiring hospitals around the country to change how they report data on COVID-19 patients in a move that effectively bypasses the nation’s largest public health agency. In a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency mandated that hospitals send information on their COVID-19 patients directly to a database managed by HHS rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order outlining the alteration claims it will help federal agencies move from manual data entry to automated, which would streamline the collection and dissemination of coronavirus data for multiple federal agencies that will have access to the database. The document reads: “As of July 15, 2020, hospitals should no longer report the Covid-19 information in this document to the National Healthcare Safety Network site,” a clearinghouse of data on infectious diseases operated by the CDC since 2008.The shift in data collection, long the responsibility of the CDC, arose after Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical officer on the White House’s coronavirus task force, said in a conference call with hospital executives several weeks ago that healthcare facilities were not adequately reporting their data. CDC employees were shocked at the change, according to The New York Times.Some public health experts, though, said that the move is the latest in a long line of the Trump administration politicizing the pandemic and the science behind it.Nicole Lurie, former president Barack Obama’s assistant secretary for preparedness and response, told the Times, “Centralizing control of all data under the umbrella of an inherently political apparatus is dangerous and breeds distrust. It appears to cut off the ability of agencies like C.D.C. to do its basic job.” Trump disbanded a pandemic response team convened by his predecessor in 2018.Several days after the letter, CDC Director Robert Redfield offered a grim prognosis for the near future of the United States. In a webinar hosted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, he said, “I do think the fall and the winter of 2020 and 2021 are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we experienced in American public health.” His worry, he said, concerns a flu season that will arrive during the worst American health crisis in decades. The flu infects anywhere between 9 and 45 million Americans a year, hospitalizes hundreds of thousands, and kills tens of thousands, according to CDC estimates. Both viruses hitting simultaneously, Redfield said, poses the danger of overwhelming the American health system. The danger of an overtaxed healthcare system is not theoretical, he said, citing the high mortality rate in New York at the height of its struggle with the pandemic: “When you really look at the differential mortality across the country, it was quite significant—sometimes New York, 5, 6, 7, 8 percent—a lot of that mortality is driven by the stress of the health care system that the patients are in that are trying to be taken care of. So keeping the health care system from being overstretched is going to be really important, and the degree that we’re able to do that will define how well we’re able to get through the fall and winter.” Redfield also spoke out about an issue that has been especially divisive amid the pandemic: face masks. “Masking is not a political issue; it’s a public health issue, and it really is a personal responsibility for all of us.” President Donald Trump donned a mask at a public appearance this weekend, one of the first times he has done so after repeatedly foregoing a mask in public settings and ignoring health guidelines. Despite the raging pandemic, Trump and his administration have taken an adversarial approach to the country’s public health officials, contravening rather than supporting them in many cases. The White House released a list of all the times Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had incorrect predictions about the virus this past weekend and cancelled his cable news appearances, apparently in retaliation for unfavorable assessments of the state of the country’s public health. Though public health officials, principals, and university presidents have said the resumption of schools this fall will at best become a mixture of online and in-person classes, the commander-in-chief and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have demanded nothing less than full reopening and every student at a desk. Vice President Mike Pence said in a press conference Tuesday, “We don't want CDC guidance to be a reason why people don't reopen their schools.” Four former directors of the CDC spoke in no uncertain terms in a Tuesday Washington Post op-ed in which they warned, “No president ever politicized its [the CDC’s] science the way Trump has. The administration is undermining public health.” Coronavirus cases are surging across the country despite the president’s overly optimistic assessment that the sickness will “go away.” The United States hit new highs for daily positive COVID-19 cases multiple times last week, breaking its own record and the world’s on subsequent days. More than 3.4 million people have contracted the disease, and over 130,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Frustrated, some Republicans have become anti-Trumpers: ‘This guy couldn’t lead his way out of a wet frickin’ paper bag’The anti-Trumpers are at it again – only this time, they’re Republicans.Kevin, a lifelong Republican voter and pastor from Arizona, says he voted for Trump in 2016 “with high hopes for the future”. He knew that Trump didn’t have the same political experience as the other contenders, but he was optimistic he could grow into his new role.Now he says: “I’ve seen how he has tried to divide our country and that is not something I want, nor what our country should have … This man is an absolute danger to our country.”Kevin’s experience – of voting for Trump and then quickly realizing he’d made a mistake – is one of many being used by Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT), which wants to boot Trump out of office later this year. The group is seeking testimony from former Trump voters through its website, which displays the best quotes so far with pride. (“I’d vote for a tuna fish sandwich before I vote for Donald Trump again,” reads one.) Kevin is a pastor from AZ who voted Trump in 2016 - here is his case against four more years: "And when you put all that together, I think this is a man who must, must be removed by voters in November from governing our country." pic.twitter.com/W8FOgVTkc4 — Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) July 14, 2020Sarah Longwell, a Republican consultant who co-founded RVAT, said they have received hundreds of testimonies in recent months.The group is funded by millionaire neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol, who was formerly chief of staff to the vice-president under George HW Bush, but uses testimony from distinctly non-political voices to make an impact.“One of the reasons they are so compelling is because you can tell how authentic they are, how deeply they feel this – a lot of them want to get something off their chest,” says Longwell. The testimonies are not scripted or paid for, but they are the result of a lot of workshopping.Jeffrey Farmer, from Massachussetts, certainly fits the bill of a non-polished but frustrated voice: he is immunocompromised and angered by Trump’s response to the pandemic. And he is certainly the voice of a media-trained, focus-group prepped politico – just a person who formerly backed Trump.“I don’t even know why I’m doing this stupid thing, because this is not what I do. I don’t do social media or anything. But I can’t take this any more,” he says.Farmer voted for Trump in 2016 because of how much he disliked Hillary Clinton, but describes him as being “Like a Tasmanian devil,” who spends all day complaining on Twitter instead of doing his job.“This guy couldn’t lead his way out of a wet frickin’ paper bag,” says Farmer. ‼️ Jeffrey voted Trump in 2016, and it's safe to say he won't be doing so again. He takes you on a ride....You gotta watch the whole thing. (Warnings: 1. NSFW 2. Wicked "Good Will Hunting" Energy) pic.twitter.com/foIo4lmaDA — Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) July 13, 2020Longwell, herself a disgruntled Republican, says she initially started looking for answers after Trump won the presidency.“I have been alarmed by him from the beginning,” she says and so, around 2017, she began to search for answers. “I wanted to know how the party got taken over by Donald Trump,” she says. She ran focus groups with soft Trump voters – who voted for him 2016 but rated him as doing somewhat badly or very badly – and tried to understand how to persuade them against him.The key thing, she found, was for them to hear from people like themselves.“One thing we found is that the cultural aspect played a big role in [the 2016 election],” she says. “You’d get women who’d say ‘I voted for him and I cried,’ or, ‘I voted for him and then I had to take a shower afterwards’. But they were surrounded by people who talk about how all Democrats are socialists or whatever,” she says.As a lifelong supporters of the Republican party though, does she really want Biden to win? Longwell says that she absolutely, unequivocally does.“Donald Trump has a negative impact on the future of the Republican party,” says Longwell. “He has sort of hijacked the party and really poisoned the country, and has turned it into a nationalist populist party. There’s a section of Republicans who do not find that attractive, and I’m one of them.“The best thing for the party long term is for him to get defeated soundly, and for the party to rethink its direction.”