Public Health

Public Health Experts Fear Trump FDA’s Remdesivir Approval ‘Without Evidence’ of Widespread Benefits Signal Likely Premature Vaccine

Public health experts on Saturday decried the Food and Drug Administration’s “troubling” approval of a Covid-19 treatment which has not been proven to help patients who are severely ill with the disease. The FDA expanded its emergency authorization on remdesivir on Friday evening, allowing its use for all patients who are hospitalized with Covid-19. Previously, …

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WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families

WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families Read WATCH: Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders Gives Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families on Common Dreams

Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families

Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families Read Highlighting Trump’s ‘Promises Broken,’ Sanders to Give Saturday Address on Biden’s Plan for the Economy and Working Families on Common Dreams

In Latest Sign of Covid-19 Politicization, FDA Officials Fired After Director Apologizes for Overstating Plasma Benefits

Two public relations officials were dismissed from their positions at the Food and Drug Administration Friday following Commissioner Stephen Hahn’s decision to walk back his recent claims about convalescent plasma as a treatment for Covid-19. The agency’s chief spokesperson, Emily Miller, only served in her position for 11 days before being ousted. Miller, who previously …

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‘Everybody Is Going to Catch This Thing Eventually’: Senior Trump Official Brushes Off Criticism of Maskless Crowd at RNC

A White House official’s flippant response to concerns about the maskless crowds of attendees at the Republican National Convention—and the GOP’s ignoring of the coronavirus’s horrific toll—have sparked widespred outrage this week. “Everybody is going to catch this thing eventually,” a senior White House official told CNN‘s Jim Acosta Thursday. Reporting on the fourth night …

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As AstraZeneca Signs Deal With EU, Critics Warn Big Pharma Push for Covid Vaccine Liability Protections a ‘Dangerous Precedent’

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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EU Signs Deal with AstraZeneca, Critics Warn of ‘Dangerous Precedent’ as Big Pharma Pushes for Covid Vaccine Liability Waivers

European Union leaders announced Thursday they had signed a contract with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca exempting the drugmaker from “future product liability” in exchange for it supplying the EU with at least 300 million doses of a still-in-development Covid-19 vaccine by mid-2021. The deal, announced earlier this month, was made official amid new reporting about lobbying pressure …

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‘We Need Answers Now,’ Says Warren After Explosive Reports Indicate Top Trump Officials Ordered Changes to CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

After new reporting late Wednesday indicated that abrupt and what experts characterized as dangerously unsound changes to the CDC’s Covid-19 testing guidelines were directed by the highest levels of the Trump administration, lawmakers demanded answers and sounded alarm bells over the White House’s ongoing politicization of America’s public health agencies. CNN and Politico both reported …

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‘This Change in Policy Will Kill’: Scientists, Medical Experts Warn of Dangerous Loosening in CDC’s Covid Guidelines

As the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States nears six million, and with more than 176,000 Americans dead from the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly altered its coronavirus guidelines, worrying public health experts and raising suspicions among healthcare advocates that the moves are politically motivated. “This is a …

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As Big Box Stores Thrive, 1 in 5 Small Businesses Expect to Close in Next 6 Months Without Urgent Federal Aid

One in five small businesses reported in a survey Monday that they will have to shut their doors permanently if economic conditions—and the federal government’s efforts to improve them—don’t change in the next six months.  The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) surveyed 561 small business owners on August 17 and 18 and found that …

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As GOP Officially Re-Nominates Trump, Poll Shows 68% in US Disapprove of President’s Pandemic Response

As the GOP’s 2020 convention kicked off Monday and Republicans officially nominated President Donald Trump for reelection, new polling revealed that a bipartisan majority of Americans disapprove of how the president and federal government are handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The poll results from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also came as …

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Public Health Experts Watch ‘In Horror’ as FDA Approves Narrowly Tested Covid-19 Treatment Amid Pressure From Trump

Public health experts on Monday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s overstating of the efficacy of convalescent plasma and his suggestion that the Food and Drug Administration purposefully held up approval of the potential Covid-19 treatment just before the agency authorized its expanded use.  The FDA gave emergency approval for the use of antibody-rich plasma …

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As GOP Blocks Covid Relief, Experts Warn of ‘Wave of Despair’ and Devastating Anecdotes Show Crisis Already Here

As millions of Americans grapple with the consequences of the refusal by the Trump administration and GOP lawmakers to extend the $600 weekly unemployment benefit or provide other urgent relief, experts warned Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic could directly lead to a “wave of despair”—including pervasive economic anxieties, increased suicides, and drug overdoses across the country. The American Medical Association has …

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Labor and Environmental Groups File Legal Petition Demanding Trump Solve ‘Unconscionable’ Shortage of PPE for Essential Workers

A coalition of labor and environmental justice groups joined forces Tuesday on behalf of millions of essential workers who face shortages of personal protective equipment five months into the coronavirus pandemic, demanding the Trump administration take emergency action to provide the life-saving supplies. The legal petition comes months after President Donald Trump invoked the Defense …

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Major ‘Milestone’ for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees

In a move that local political leaders and labor rights advocates celebrated as a major win for gig workers, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber must classify drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors to comply with state law. “The years-long ploy of these behemoth corporations …

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Analysis Shows Rapid and Reckless Reopenings Not Only Bad for Public Health—But the Economy Too

An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal jobs report—challenges the argument from many GOP politicians, including President Donald Trump, that rapidly reopening businesses and loosening restrictions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is somehow good for the economy. The United States continues to lead the world in Covid-19 cases and …

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Dems Rebuke ‘Legislative Malpractice’ of Trump Team as Talks Crumble and Tens of Millions Face Hunger, Joblessness, Possible Eviction

More than 20 million Americans don’t have enough food to eat, 30 million have seen their incomes cut in half due to the expiration of boosted unemployment benefits, and 40 million could face eviction if Congress and the White House don’t act. But these coronavirus-induced human crises have not yet been enough to break the …

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As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

As prisons and jails across the country continue to report Covid-19 outbreaks among inmates and staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a county jail in California does not have to provide its population with basic sanitary and protective equipment or test symptomatic inmates. Responding to an emergency application by officials at Orange …

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Medical Experts Speak Out as Trump Doubles Down on False Claim That Children Are ‘Virtually Immune’ to Covid-19

Medical professionals were compelled to speak out Wednesday after President Donald Trump defended and doubled down on his claim that children are “virtually immune” to Covid-19, a dangerous falsehood the president has been spreading as part of his effort to pressure schools to reopen in the fall. “I’m talking about from getting very sick,” Trump …

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‘Taking Taxpayers for a Ride’: Moderna to Charge $32-$37/Dose for Covid-19 Vaccine Developed Entirely With Public Funds

Consumer advocates warned Wednesday that pharmaceutical giant Moderna is “taking taxpayers for a ride” after the company announced plans to charge between $32 and $37 per dose for a potential Covid-19 vaccine developed entirely with funds from the U.S. federal government. “Taxpayers are paying for 100% of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine development. All of it,” Peter …

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New Report Accuses Trump of ‘Intentional Disregard’ and Attack on Democracy Throughout Failed Covid-19 Response

A new report published Wednesday details months of wilful failures to confront the coronavirus pandemic by the White House and paints President Donald Trump’s authoritarian tactics during that national crisis as an overt assault on the nation’s democratic institutions ahead of elections in November. The report by Common Cause—titled “Intentional Disregard: Trump’s Authoritarianism During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” (pdf)—highlights Trump’s coronavirus response as part of …

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34 State Attorneys General Urge Trump to End ‘Outrageous’ Gilead Monopoly on Covid-19 Drug

Warning of “dangerously low and insufficient” supply projections, a bipartisan coalition of nearly three dozen state attorneys general is urging the Trump administration to end pharmaceutical giant Gilead’s monopoly control over Covid-19 treatment remdesivir by authorizing generic production of the drug, which was developed with the support of at least $70 million in taxpayer funding. …

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‘Would Be Comical, If It Didn’t Involve Real Lives’: Unhinged Trump Interview Spotlights Deadly Failure of His Covid-19 Response

In an interview with Jonathan Swan of Axios that aired late Monday, President Donald Trump sputtered, declared “You can’t do that,” and continued trying to downplay the massive and rising coronavirus death toll when confronted with the fact the U.S. has a higher mortality rate by percentage of population than major countries like South Korea and …

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As Trump Promises ‘Warp Speed’ Covid-19 Vaccine, Health Experts Caution Against Political Interference

Public health experts on Monday raised alarm over the White House’s aggressive push to rush a Covid-19 vaccine into production, an effort which critics say has been apparent since the first weeks of the pandemic. According to a New York Times report, researchers working on Operation Warp Speed, the public-private partnership established to find a vaccine …

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Poll Reveals Surge of Fears Over In-Person Learning as Expert Warns School Reopenings in US ‘Guaranteed’ To Fail

As school districts across the country grapple with how to safely re-open in the coming weeks, the reality of Covid-19 spread has teachers, parents, and health experts warning of imminent danger just as new polling out Monday shows the U.S. public is having serious second thoughts about sending kids back to the classroom for in-person …

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