Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware.
Police are investigating a deadly shooting at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware.
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.Take a Look at What Trump Was Doing as Thousands Died of COVID-19Trump’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 of downplaying has still sent tremors through the ranks of administration brass and senior public-health officials who not only fear the damage that will likely be done in coming weeks but also sense real, unappreciated hurdles with respect to getting a vaccine to the public.Despite much heralded breakthroughs in vaccine research, state and local officials across the country say they are still unclear about basic operational elements, such as exactly how many doses they will be receiving from the federal government, who specifically in their communities will receive the vaccine first, and how long immunization supplies will last.The inability to get answers to those questions has caused confusion and frustration among those set to take over the COVID fight. And in the sharpest rebuke to date, a member of Biden’s own task force team attacked the Trump administration on Monday for failing to ensure states have what they need to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.“I keep seeing and hearing that Operation Warp Speed is... prepping airplanes and trucks with special freezer units. And we hear they're gonna drop the vaccine off at a warehouse full of deep freezers somewhere. But I don't hear much more detail about the plan after that,” said Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and a member of Biden’s coronavirus transition task force. “It’s harder to address that last mile between the loading dock and the patient's arm. The other part that hasn't yet happened in this administration is making sure adequate financial resources have been made available to support immunization programs and to administer the vaccine.”Bright’s warnings aren’t just the isolated frustrations of a now well-known critic of the current administration. (Bright resigned from the federal government in October after he submitted a whistleblower claim alleging his superiors removed him from his post because he pushed back on political pressure to support the use of hydroxychloroquine).Officials across the country say that there’s been a lack of clear messaging from the federal government about how it envisions the country prioritizing the initial round of vaccine doses from Pfizer. While states throughout the U.S. have been in constant conversation with officials associated with Operation Warp Speed—the public-private partnership aimed at fast tracking a coronavirus vaccine—there is widespread anxiety about the details of the vaccine distribution.Every state and territory submitted their interim plans for vaccine distribution in October, many of them drawing on prior disbursement plans as a template for envisioning how a COVID-19 vaccine would reach the public. While most of those plans have been updated after further conversation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Operation Warp Speed, without more guidance from the federal government on prioritization, plans can only go so far.Last week, for example, a spokesperson for Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said that the state “expected to receive approximately 185,000 doses on initial shipment,” but didn’t “know for sure.” In Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for the state health department said “there are still a number of details being worked through on the federal level regarding the vaccine distribution.” An executive summary of the department’s October vaccination plan anticipated “an extremely limited number of doses in the beginning of its vaccination program,” as it laid out its vaccination priorities.Moderna Says No One Who Took Its Vaccine in Trials Developed Severe COVID SymptomsWhile the White House’s coronavirus task force has urged states for months to try and build trust about the vaccine in their communities, local officials and individuals familiar with the administration’s planning said those efforts have fallen short.“There’s been a total lack of communication from the state about how this is all going to play out,” one senior local official in New Jersey told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. “That’s probably because state officials are still trying to figure out how to configure who gets this thing first. But we got nurses and doctors asking us who in their hospitals are going to get it and we just don’t have answers right now.”In an interim version of the New Jersey COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, officials said the state plans to follow CDC recommendations for a phased approach to the vaccine rollout and that it will immunize healthcare workers first. But the state will need to prioritize which healthcare workers go to the head of the line “given expectation of scarce vaccine availability at the onset and potential for supply shortages throughout,” the interim report said. The report also added that New Jersey “does not anticipate that federal funding to NJ to-date will be sufficient to meet the resource needs for this complex, large-scale vaccination program.”Inside President Trump’s COVID task force, vaccine distribution has taken on an increasingly important role and has become one of the most prominent discussion points in the semi-regular briefing with governors. Trump has mostly been MIA on those discussions and meetings, and is convinced—according to two people who have spoken to him since Election Day—that some of the experts, chief among them Fauci, were “wrong” in the past and favored Biden anyway.On Monday, Trump’s chief ally on the task force, radiologist Scott Atlas, announced he was resigning. Some Trump allies and advisers say they expect, or hope, the president will keep his distance from operations going forward.“I’m not sure what the task force members want him to do at this point and why they might need face time. [Scott] Atlas is gone. Let [Vice President] Pence message and lead on COVID,” Joe Grogan, formerly a top domestic policy adviser to President Trump, said on Monday. “[Trump] can direct as president privately behind the scenes and keep the troops in line.”Where Trump has shown some interest, however, is in the pace of vaccine production and distribution. As CNN reported, he had his chief of staff summon the head of the Federal Drug Administration to the White House to get an explanation as to why the agency hadn’t granted emergency use to Pfizer’s vaccine more quickly. Trump also plans to host a vaccine summit next week at the White House with manufacturers and distributors two days before the FDA’s meeting on Pfizer’s Emergency Use Authorization.Some Trump administration health officials concede that the prioritization conversation has been slow moving primarily because the FDA has yet to evaluate the Emergency Use Authorizations from Pfizer and Moderna. But others point to the CDC, saying the agency has been slow to finalize and announce its recommended prioritization scheme.The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which helps inform the CDC on prioritization, is set to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss the details of who within the first tier of COVID-19 vaccine recipients should receive the vaccine first. CDC Director Robert Redfield and Vice President Mike Pence have suggested that vaccination distribution could begin next week and that the “most vulnerable” Americans should receive it first. Both have said that those most vulnerable populations include frontline healthcare workers, nursing home residents and staff, and individuals over the age of 65 with comorbidities.AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Get Tested Again After Trial Error, CEO SaysThe problem, state and local officials say, is it’s unclear from the federal government’s perspective whether there will be enough vaccine availability to even fully reach that group of people. According to multiple state officials and state COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans reviewed by The Daily Beast, there is some concern that there will be shortages of vaccines in the initial round of immunization and that they expect there to be a degree of confusion among residents about not only who is eligible to receive the first doses but also how and when to follow up for a second shot of the vaccination. (The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses within three weeks of each other).Lynn Sutfin, the public information officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services told The Daily Beast that officials expect the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses to be “very small” and “available only for front line healthcare workers.”In Ohio, the state’s health department said if only small amounts of the vaccine become available, “those who are most at risk, including those that work in longer term care facilities, nursing homes, and other congregate care facilities, high-risk health care workers and first responders may choose to receive it.”“Specific administration or vaccination details are unavailable until a vaccine is approved by the FDA,” Melanie Amato, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Health told The Daily Beast in an email. “...We continue to wait for more guidance from the federal government.”Looking forward to January, members of Biden’s COVID task force say they are already working with states to ensure how best to distribute the vaccine.In an interview with CNN last week, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden team, said the president-elect plans on “leaving it to the public health experts and scientists to figure out how best to allocate the limited supply first.”"We want to make sure the science is leading and the politics are out the way, staying out of the way. And at the same time, we want to be communicating and coordinating with the states and at the local levels, in the hospitals and the tribal territories and across jurisdictions, so they don't feel like they're on their own, they don't feel like they have to come up with their own plan, independently,” Bright said. “We want to provide as much guidance and hand in hand coordination at the federal level all the way through to the patient, actually, to make sure there's a consistent, coordinated plan, and no one feels like they're on their own.”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.
Ijeoma Oluo's new book, "Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America," dissects a society that values white maleness above all others.
Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today the opening of its relocated restaurant in Hixson, Tennessee. After nearly seven years operating in downtown Chattanooga on Market Street, the brand will be moving to a new location in the suburban area of Hixson to enhance guest experience with a restaurant that features a drive-thru and expanded patio seating. Located at 5100 Hixson Pike, the Hixson restaurant will celebrate its opening on Wednesday, December 9 by offering free chicken salad for a year to the first 100 guests. Those awarded will be properly distanced and will receive a designated return time upon arrival to spread out the number of guests at the restaurant throughout the day.
President-elect Joe Biden called on Congress to approve an economic stimulus plan. He also suggested that a package would be followed up.
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
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The queen and Prince Philip will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle, instead of Sandringham, and without family, due to new pandemic lockdown rules.
* College player became first woman to compete for Power 5 team * Fuller will travel with Commodores for game against GeorgiaSarah Fuller, who became the first woman to play for a Power 5 college football team last weekend, is set to continue her career with Vanderbilt.The 21-year-old took on kickoff duties for the Commodores last weekend after several members of the team were ruled out due to Covid-19 protocols. On Tuesday, Vanderbilt interim coach Todd Fitch said Fuller has been practicing again this week and will travel to Saturday’s game against one of the biggest teams in college football, Georgia.“She’ll be with us on the trip to Georgia and we’re going to put the best people out there,” he said. “If she’s our best option we’ll continue with her and we’ll do the best we can for the team.”> CHANGING THE GAME 👏 > > Sarah Fuller just became the first woman to play in a Power 5 college football game. @SECNetwork pic.twitter.com/Qq3U6jtica> > — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 28, 2020When Fuller made her debut for Vanderbilt, she became just the third woman to compete in the FBS, the highest level of college football. The other two athletes to achieve the feat, Katie Hnida of New Mexico and April Goss of Kent State, were also kickers. However, her predecessors played at lower levels within the 130-team FBS, with the Power 5 acknowledged as the elite conferences.Fuller was named a special teams player of the week for her performance. She did not get the chance to kick a field goal or extra-point, however, as the struggling Commodores were shut out 41-0 by Missouri.Fuller is attending Vanderbilt on a soccer scholarship, and played in goal as her team won their first SEC title since 1994. During her soccer career, she has become known for her long goal-kicks and could already kick the ball 60-yards in high school. She is in her final year at Vanderbilt and will study for a masters degree in hospital administration at North Texas next year, where she will also play for the soccer team. > 🤩🤩🤩 https://t.co/T4U4EJTc00> > — Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) November 29, 2020Athletes such as World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe, NBA superstar LeBron James and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson were among those to congratulate Fuller on her debut.
Elliot Page, Oscar-nominated star of Umbrella Academy and Juno, has come out as transgender on Instagram today, writing: “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.” According to a release from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Page describes himself as transgender and non-binary, meaning that their gender identity is neither man nor woman. “I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer,” Page wrote. “And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive.” While Page is sharing the joy of living authentically as himself, he also chose this moment to highlight the discrimination trans adults face in today’s society, including a statistic from the National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey that revealed that 40% of trans adults have attempted suicide. Page also shared that at least 40 transgender people were murdered in 2020, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women. These numbers are both shocking and heartbreaking. But increasing awareness around these issues and advocating for trans rights and visibility can save lives. Keygan Miller, a senior advocacy associate for The Trevor Project, previously told Refinery29 that one survey showed that young people who said their correct pronouns were respected attempted suicide at about half the rate of those whose pronouns weren’t respected. Page shared how supported and inspired he felt, and he promised to fight toward a more loving and equal society. “I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” he wrote on Instagram. “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by @elliotpage Nick Adams, the director of transgender media for GLAAD, said Page’s advocacy will continue to have a massive impact on the lives of trans and non-binary people. “Elliot Page has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people,” Adams said in a statement provided to Refinery29. “He will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. All transgender people deserve the chance to be ourselves and to be accepted for who we are. We celebrate the remarkable Elliot Page today.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Mental Health Care Saves Trans LivesSaying "I Don't Know" Can Be A Form Of AdvocacyWe Need To Destigmatize The Trans Experience
In a rare change of Christmas plans, the royals will skip the annual trek to Sandringham House.
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks are starting December on a bullish note with a rebound from Monday’s retreat. The dollar extended its slide to a more than two-year low and Treasury yields jumped.The risk-on mood powered the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite to record highs. Traders continued to bet vaccine news will lead to an economic surge next year. There were also signs that appetite is picking up for a federal spending package, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers arguing for relief. President-elect Joe Biden urged Congress to pass a relief package.Communication services, financial and information technology were the biggest S&P industry sector gainers. Cyclicals led increases in Europe, and U.K. stocks were up almost 2% after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. strategists called them a buy ahead of a Brexit trade deal.“Investors have been prepared to look beyond the near-term continued rise in Covid-19 cases in many regions,” said Mark Haefele, UBS Global Wealth Management’s chief investment officer. “They have focused instead on the potential for a return to normal social and economic activity based on the widespread roll out of effective vaccines in the first half of 2021. We see further upside for global equities in this environment, but also expect market leadership to continue to shift.”After a record month for global stocks, there’s no end in sight for the rally that’s been fueled by vaccine breakthroughs. Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE have sought regulatory clearance for their Covid-19 vaccine in the European Union and BioNTech said it could start shipping the first doses “within hours” after approval.“People have faith that even though things are very uncertain around the virus in the short term, if they look out six months or a year, it’s credible things will be better,” said Alec Young, chief investment officer at Tactical Alpha LLC.Strong economic data from Asia also added support to the positive mood in markets. Indexes of factory activity in some of North Asia’s biggest export-led economies rebounded in November and China’s recovery continues to lift the region.It’s not all good news though. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cautioned lawmakers that the U.S. economy remains in a damaged and uncertain state during testimony at a Tuesday hearing before the Senate Banking Committee.In other markets, gold advanced. Oil fell as OPEC+ sought more time to reach a deal on production policy.Bitcoin pulled back after almost reaching $20,000 for the first time.These are some key events coming up:Fed’s Powell testifies before Congress again on Wednesday.The U.S. employment report on Friday is expected to show more Americans headed back to work in November, though at a slower pace than October.Here are some of the main moves in markets: For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi arm Dust has teamed with Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood’s Balboa Productions to develop the sci-fi sports drama series Mesh based on the short story by the same name by Rich Larson. Edward Ricourt (Jessica Jones, Wayward Pines, Raising Dion) is on board to adapt. Set in the not-so-distant future, Mesh […]
A lawyer from the Trump campaign said former CISA chief Christopher Krebs is "a Class A moron" and should be "shot" during a podcast Monday.
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The Alexander Group announces the publication of "Sales Compensation Perspectives."
Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited (KBRA) assigns ratings to Syon Securities 2020-2 Designated Activity Company (Syon 2020-2 DAC). The transaction is the third synthetic risk transfer mortgage transaction issued by Bank of Scotland plc (BOS) comprised of residential mortgage loans on UK properties.
The North Monterey County Unified School District (NMCUSD) today announced that while its homeless and foster student population represents 35 percent of its enrollment, these students boast a graduation rate of 91 percent, rivaling that of its housed students. This significant achievement is a result of a multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), where the District focuses on equity for all, beginning in infancy and extending through adulthood. Through this system, NMCUSD offers a collective approach for continued improvement from cradle to career.
Both she and her friend are safe, but the attack left her "shocked and triggered."
One possible silver lining for the pandemic: growing bipartisan support for increasing access to affordable child care.