Florida sets record single-day total for new coronavirus casesReports that White House has been briefing against Dr FauciTrump retweets claim that CDC and doctors are lying about Covid-19Mueller breaks silence, condemns Trump for commuting Stone’s sentenceSign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.34pm BST Reuters are reporting that two experimental coronavirus vaccines, jointly developed by German biotech firm BioNTech and US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer have received ‘fast track’ designation from the Food and Drug Administration.The candidates, BNT162b1 and BNT162b2, are the most advanced of at least four vaccines being assessed by the companies in ongoing trials in the United States and Germany.Earlier this month, the companies said BNT162b1 showed potential against the virus and was found to be well tolerated in early-stage human trials. Early data from the German trial of BNT162b1 are expected to be released in July, the companies said. 12.25pm BST Donald Trump has retweeted a claim that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the media, the Democratic party, and “most” doctors are “lying” about Covid-19. Continue reading...
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Trump to ban US downloads of TikTok and WeChatTrump’s messages resonate at Wisconsin rallyCDC testing guidelines...Trump to ban US downloads of TikTok and WeChatTrump’s messages resonate at Wisconsin rallyCDC testing guidelines were published despite objection of scientistsSign up for our First Thing newsletter 7.17pm BST Programming note: the president’s press conference, which was scheduled to start about 15 minutes ago, has been pushed back to 2:30 pm ET.Trump is expected to discuss the timeline for developing a coronavirus vaccine. The president said earlier this week that a vaccine would be available within “weeks,” but no health expert has expressed agreement with that timeline. 7.10pm BST The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its widely criticized guidelines on coronavirus testing, once again encouraging Americans to get tested if they have come in contact with someone who has received a positive test result.The AP reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested. That change had set off a rash of criticism from health experts who couldn’t fathom why the nation’s top public health agency would say such a thing amid a pandemic that has been difficult to control. Health officials were evasive about why they had made the change in August, and some speculated it was forced on the CDC by political appointees within the Trump administration. Continue reading...
62% of Americans are worried that 'political pressure' from the Trump administration will rush a coronavirus vaccine, new poll shows
Summary List Placement 62% of adults in the US fear that President Donald Trump's politics will...Summary List Placement 62% of adults in the US fear that President Donald Trump's politics will lead to a rushed vaccine, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In KFF's telephone survey conducted between late August and early September, 62% of adults responded that they are "worried that the political pressure from the Trump administration will lead the FDA to rush to approve a coronavirus vaccine without making sure that it is safe and effective." Like the polarized views on national issues surrounding racial discrimination and immigration, Democrats and Republicans split on this matter as well, with 85% of Democrats and only 35% expressing concern for a rushed vaccine, according to the new poll. Trump has signaled that a new vaccine may be ready by early November, a few days ahead of the presidential election. In August, Trump claimed that a vaccine could be ready "right around" the time of the upcoming election. At a Monday White House news conference, Trump criticized Sen. Kamala Harris's who said she would not trust the president with a coronavirus vaccine as "reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric," and suggested once again that a vaccine could come as early as October. Earlier this month, CDC director Robert Redfield asked state governors to prepare to be able to distribute vaccines by November 1. Public health experts, however, have repeatedly stressed that Trump's timeline is unrealistic, and instead suggested that a vaccine is more likely to come at the end of this year or 2021. Earlier this month, CDC director Robert Redfield asked state governors to prepare to be able to distribute vaccines by November 1. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that it was "unlikely" that a vaccine will be ready by the November election, and stated that a vaccine is more likely to be confirmed towards the end of the year. Still, around 40% of adults said that the FDA and CDC were "paying 'too much attention" to politics, according to the KFF poll. This sentiment comes amid, reports that Trump administration officials have sought to water down reports from the CDC, Politico reported Friday night, with one political appointee accusing career scientists of trying to undermine the president's campaign to reopen schools. To "ensure public confidence," CEOs of top drug companies have jointly pledged to establish the safety and efficacy of vaccines through Phase 3 clinical trials before seeking regulatory approval. Read more: Fauci says it's 'unlikely' there will be a coronavirus vaccine before the US election, despite the CDC asking states to be prepared by November Don't expect a coronavirus vaccine before the election — here's the likely timeline according to doctors, government officials, and analysts Top drugmakers made a rare joint pledge not to cut corners on the coronavirus vaccine amid fears shots are being rushed before the presidential election A look at Robert Redfield's history and experience, the former Army physician and researcher leading the CDC under Trump Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown
California dramatically rolls back reopening processHow racial bias dogs US coronavirus response at every levelAlabama, Maine...California dramatically rolls back reopening processHow racial bias dogs US coronavirus response at every levelAlabama, Maine and Texas to vote in primaries todayUS carries out first federal execution for 17 yearsSign up to our First Thing newsletter 1.48pm BST Adm. Brett Giroir has been doing the TV round this morning, and gave a pretty snappy response when he was asked about the accusation that Donald Trump retweeted yesterday that the CDC and “most” doctors were lying about the coronavirus outbreak.Asked directly on NBC’s Today whether the CDC and other doctors are lying, Giroir, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, said that mistakes have been made and that public guidance is updated when more is learned about the virus, “but none of us lie. We are completely transparent with the American people.” 1.36pm BST Richard Wolffe has a new column for us today - where he argues that Donald Trump may be no good at leading America – but he’s really, really good at lyingCredibility was one of the most potent weapons in America’s arsenal of soft power. The kind of potency that allowed Kennedy’s secretary of state to convince Charles de Gaulle to support his case against the Soviet Union in the Cuban missile crisis. Based on Kennedy’s word, not the photographic evidence. Today America’s credibility has been contorted to protect the feelings of one man-child, not the security of a nation. That’s why someone like Anthony Fauci is so deeply offensive to the factory of fraud built inside this White House. Related: Trump may be no good at leading America – but he is really, really good at lying | Richard Wolffe Continue reading...