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Re: Trump COVID-19

#181  Postby BWE » May 04, 2020 5:45 pm

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#182  Postby Seabass » May 05, 2020 9:02 pm

Surprise! It's as bad as it looks.



“Political Connections and Cronyism”: In Blistering Whistleblower Complaint, Rick Bright Blasts Team Trump’s Pandemic Response

Two weeks after being pushed out of his post, the former head of a $1.5 billion federal health agency formally accuses top officials of pressuring him to approve unproven chloroquine drugs and award pricey contracts to friends of the administration.

He was pressured to invest in drugs and vaccines that lacked scientific merit, because the people selling them had friends in the Trump administration, up to and including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He was forced to transfer funds to acquire drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, America’s most important reserve of lifesaving medications, based not on health needs but on “political connections and cronyism.” He was instructed to use his department’s budget to purchase flu medications of questionable efficacy. And when the COVID-19 crisis erupted, he was pressured to approve a plan that would “flood” cities with unproven and untested doses of chloroquine drugs, from uninspected manufacturing plants in Asia. When his efforts to work through the system failed, he decided he had a “moral obligation to the American public” to ring the alarm about the plan, “which he believed constituted a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.” In retaliation, he was “smeared,” with officials unfairly accusing him of dropping the ball on vaccine development and PPE preparation.

These are just some of the allegations contained in a blistering, 63-page complaint that Dr. Rick Bright, former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), filed today with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. (Vanity Fair has submitted requests for comment to the White House, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and will update this article with any responses.)

Bright has become the first high-level federal whistleblower to publicly allege that the Trump administration has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by unduly pressuring health officials, and putting politics and profit ahead of science. Bright, the government’s top coronavirus vaccine developer, had spent a decade at BARDA, a small but powerful agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), whose mandate is to partner with private companies to help accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. According to Bright’s complaint, BARDA manages almost $50 billion worth of contracts and acquisitions, on an annual budget of just over $1.5 billion. He was named director in 2016.

On April 22, after HHS reassigned him to a smaller role at the National Institutes of Health, Bright alleged in a fiery statement that he had been sidelined because he “resisted efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections.” One of the drugs Bright identified in his statement was the malaria medication hydroxychloroquine, which President Trump had promoted extensively as a “game changer.” Bright said he had “rightly resisted efforts to provide an unproven drug on demand to the American public.”

His original statement prompted an immediate call for investigations. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asked the HHS inspector general to probe Bright’s departure, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) announced that her subcommittee on health would hold congressional hearings.

Today’s complaint goes much further, enumerating a series of instances in which politics encroached on science. According to the complaint, Bright’s superiors at the Department of Health and Human Services began pressuring him to “ignore expert recommendations and instead to award lucrative contracts based on political connections and cronyism,” starting around the spring of 2017. Bright says he “repeatedly clashed” with his boss, Dr. Robert Kadlec, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response, over the “outsized role” played by Kadlec’s friend John Clerici, a pharmaceutical consultant. That year Clerici tried to get Bright to renew a contract with one of his clients, Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, that was set to expire. “In attempting to justify the extension of this failed contract,” Bright says in his complaint, “Mr. Clerici emphasized that Aeolus’s Chief Executive Officer was a ‘wildcard’ and a friend of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a Senior Advisor to the President.”

In a statement to the New York Times, Clerici said, “I unequivocally deny all of the allegations lodged by Dr. Bright and his lawyers.”

Tensions escalated over the course of the next year, the complaint alleges, as Bright objected repeatedly to Kadlec’s efforts to award multimillion-dollar contracts to Clerici clients. Last fall Bright “rejected pressure by Dr. Kadlec to invest millions of dollars in EIDD-2801, a drug developed at Emory University by a longtime friend of Dr. Kadlec. EIDD-2081 was presented as a ‘miracle cure’ for influenza, Ebola and nearly every other virus, even though the developer had not yet conducted clinical trials and no data had been compiled to demonstrate either the efficacy or safety of the drug in humans.” That incident, the complaint says, further strained Bright’s relationship with Kadlec, setting the scene for their eventual rupture over COVID-19. “The fact that Dr. Kadlec and his staff repeatedly made decisions to benefit those like Mr. Clerici and his clients, but which were not in the best interest of the health or safety of Americans, continued to be of tremendous concern to Dr. Bright,” the complaint states.

The COVID-19 crisis only magnified the brewing conflict between scientific safeguards and political expediency. In a January 23 meeting, Bright demanded urgent access to funding, personnel, and clinical specimens necessary to develop lifesaving medicines for use in a possible pandemic. He was met with reassurances from HHS brass that the virus’s spread was under control, according to the complaint. Also in January, Mike Bowen, the co-owner of a leading mask manufacturer named Prestige Ameritech, offered to scale up production of N-95 masks. “U.S. mask supply is at imminent risk,” Bowen told Bright, according to the complaint. Bowen reached out again and again in the coming days, but Bright was unable to get Kadlec and HHS to take the threat seriously, the complaint states, leading Bowen to write to Bright, saying, “Rick, I think we’re in deep shit.”

Bright’s allegations, and his refusal to accept his demotion quietly, come as the Trump administration continues to muzzle scientists and remove government watchdogs. On Friday, House Democrats said that the White House had blocked the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, from testifying at an upcoming appropriations panel hearing. That same day Trump nominated a new Health and Human Services inspector general, effectively replacing the acting official who had issued a report in early April confirming that hospitals around the country were experiencing widespread shortages of critical medical supplies and protective equipment. The administration had denied that such shortages existed.

The crisis at BARDA came to a boiling point after top agency health officials found themselves under immense pressure to fulfill a vision that Trump had outlined from the White House podium: to build a stockpile of repurposed malaria drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, that he claimed had “very, very encouraging early results.”

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full article: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/whistleblower-complaint-rick-bright-blasts-team-trumps-pandemic-response
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#183  Postby Seabass » May 13, 2020 8:55 pm

Something has to be done about Fox News.

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#184  Postby Seabass » May 15, 2020 7:11 am

Whistleblower Rick Bright testifies before House panel
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#185  Postby Thomas Eshuis » May 15, 2020 11:43 am

"Respect for personal beliefs = "I am going to tell you all what I think of YOU, but don't dare retort and tell what you think of ME because...it's my personal belief". Hmm. A bully's charter and no mistake."
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#186  Postby Seabass » May 16, 2020 12:10 am

WATCH: U.S. has no 'single point of leadership’ in virus response, whistleblower Rick Bright says


WATCH: Whistleblower Rick Bright says lives were lost because U.S. was slow to boost virus supplies


WATCH: Bright says focus on unproven hydroxychloroquine pulled virus researchers from key work


WATCH: Whistleblower Rick Bright says administration’s inaction extended timeline for U.S. reopening


WATCH: Whistleblower Rick Bright details plea to defense officials on coronavirus supply shortage
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#187  Postby Seabass » May 16, 2020 5:38 pm

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/14/trump-coronavirus-testing-high-case-numbers-259524

President Donald Trump on Thursday said testing for coronavirus might be “overrated,” revisiting his concern early in the outbreak that testing for the disease would raise the nation’s case count.

After touring the medical supply distributor Owens and Minor in Allentown, Pa., the president — he and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were the only members of the tour group not wearing masks — talked about his plans for expanding the Strategic National Stockpile and lauded his administration for its coronavirus response, including increased testing.

“America has now conducted its 10 millionth test. That’s as of yesterday afternoon. Ten million tests we gave. Ten million,” Trump said from a stage at the warehouse event, which had the trappings of a campaign-style rally. “And CVS has just committed to establish up to 1,000 new coronavirus testing sites by the end of this month, and the 10 millionth will go up very, very rapidly.”

“And don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world,” he added. “But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”

Trump said the news media had refused to report his “common sense” explanation for the country’s high case numbers. He repeated the misleading claim that the U.S. has tested more people than other countries, sidestepping the reality that testing as a share of the population is lower than in other countries.

“So we have the best testing in the world,” Trump said. “It could be the testing’s, frankly, overrated? Maybe it is overrated. But whatever they start yelling, we want more, we want more. You know, they always say we want more, we want more because they don’t want to give you credit.”


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Re: Trump COVID-19

#188  Postby Seabass » May 17, 2020 4:36 am

Sen. Kennedy: 'I Don't Want To Have To Wear A Mask In The Shower'
https://crooksandliars.com/2020/05/sen-kennedy-i-dont-want-have-wear-mask
Some things are just too stupid to ignore, and this is one: Sen. John Kennedy (LA) clowns it up for the cameras on Fox News (naturally!) yesterday. With a chyron saying "Sen. Kennedy on Pelosi's Far-Left Wish List," he attacked the Democrats' HERO Act. Yes, this United States senator plays an idiot: "I don't want to have to wear a face mask in the shower! That's the kind of stuff OSHA promulgates every day."
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#189  Postby Seabass » May 17, 2020 6:25 am

Obama team left pandemic playbook for Trump administration, officials confirm
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/obama-team-left-pandemic-playbook-for-trump-administration-officials-confirm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell alleged that the Obama administration did not provide the Trump administration with any information about the threat of a possible pandemic during a May 11 Team Trump Facebook Live discussion with Lara Trump.

Soon after McConnell made his playbook comment, Ronald Klain, the White House Ebola response coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015, tweeted out a link to a document titled “Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.”

The document, originally unearthed in March by Politico, is a 69-page National Security Council guidebook developed in 2016 with the goal of assisting leaders “in coordinating a complex U.S. Government response to a high-consequence emerging disease threat anywhere in the world.” It outlined questions to ask, who should be asked to get the answers and what key decisions should be made.

Nicole Lurie, another Obama administration official, confirmed to us the existence of the NSC pandemic playbook and also said similar documents were created for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“To say there was no playbook was ridiculous,” said Lurie, who served as the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS during both terms of the Obama administration.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Obama administration did not leave behind a “game plan” for a pandemic.

That’s wrong.

Multiple Obama-era officials have said they left a 2016 “pandemic playbook” that detailed exact steps to take in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. The White House press secretary even held up the actual document on the White House lawn.

There has been discussion in recent days as to whether the Obama plan was dated because it dealt with lessons learned from earlier outbreaks that may not apply to the current pandemic. Still, McConnell’s statement focused only on whether any such “game plan” existed, and ample evidence suggests it did.

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#190  Postby Svartalf » May 17, 2020 9:46 am

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#191  Postby Seabass » May 18, 2020 1:01 am

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#192  Postby Seabass » May 18, 2020 9:48 pm

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#193  Postby newolder » May 18, 2020 9:53 pm

A question for the Impeached President: Is that a light bulb up your arse or are you just shitting yourself?
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#194  Postby NineBerry » May 18, 2020 9:56 pm

Does he also take that magic drug from Madagaskar?
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#195  Postby Seabass » May 19, 2020 3:10 am

When President Trump started referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” in March, he changed how Asian communities across the U.S. experienced the pandemic. The racialization of a disease perpetuated fear and, in some cases, violence against their communities.

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Re: Trump COVID-19

#196  Postby Seabass » May 19, 2020 6:04 am

:rofl:

Nancy Pelosi has led a chorus of surprise and alarm after Donald Trump said he was taking the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to ward off coronavirus.

Trump’s own government has warned that the drug should only be administered for Covid-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side effects.

The US House Speaker did not mince her words when she was asked on CNN about the president’s decision.

“He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and his, shall we say, weight group ... morbidly obese, they say,” she said.


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Re: Trump COVID-19

#197  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » May 19, 2020 6:18 am

It's interesting that it's been so long since the US has had a fatty for president considering what a fat country they are.
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#198  Postby blindfaith » May 19, 2020 7:09 am

Apparantly hydroxychloroquine is fatal when combined with other drugs, it there any way we can encourage trump the rump to ingest those also?
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#199  Postby The_Piper » May 19, 2020 3:32 pm

It's probably not going to mesh well with the Sudafed snorting. :naughty2:
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Re: Trump COVID-19

#200  Postby Thomas Eshuis » May 19, 2020 3:39 pm

Just had a numpty on FB tell me that heallthcare workers arent at risk because they're trained in dealing with vapour-spread viruses. :picard:
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