In April 2020, most of the states in the US were in lockdown. With tens of millions out of jobs. People are waiting for the end of the pandemic.
Given that it typically takes years to develop a vaccine, the timetable for the initiative, called Operation Warp Speed, was incredibly ambitious. With tens of thousands dying and tens of millions out of work, the crisis demanded an all-out public-private response, with the government supplying billions of dollars to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, providing logistical support and cutting through red tape.
It escaped no one that the proposed deadline also intersected nicely with President Trump’s need to curb the virus before the election in November.
Under constant pressure from a White House anxious for good news and a public desperate for a silver bullet to end the crisis, the government’s researchers are fearful of political intervention in the coming months and are struggling to ensure that the government maintains the right balance between speed and rigorous regulation, according to interviews with administration officials, federal scientists and outside experts.
Even in a less politically charged environment, there would be a fraught debate about how much to accelerate the process of trials and approval. The longer that vaccines are tested before being released, the likelier they are to be safe and effective.
But with 1,000 people dying each day in the United States, schools finding it difficult to reopen and the deep recession inflicting economic pain across the country, the desire to find a way to return to normal life is powerful and transcends partisan politics and borders. On Sunday, Russia announced that it planned to start a nationwide inoculation campaign in October with a vaccine that had yet to complete clinical trials, the latest evidence of the global potential for cutting corners.
Despite concerted efforts by the Trump administration and a bevy of pharmaceutical companies it is working with, the original October target has slipped, with the administration now pushing to have hundreds of millions of doses available by the end of the year or early 2021.
“There are a lot of people on the inside of this process who are very nervous about whether the administration is going to reach their hand into the Warp Speed bucket, pull out one or two or three vaccines, and say, ‘We’ve tested it on a few thousand people, it looks safe, and now we are going to roll it out,’” said Dr. Paul A. Offit of the University of Pennsylvania, who is a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee.
“They are really worried about that,” he added. “And they should be.”
Mr. Trump relentlessly touts progress toward a vaccine, raising hopes of quick approval. Touring a North Carolina biotechnology lab last week, he vowed to “deliver a vaccine in record time.” In a tweet last month, he explicitly tied vaccines to his re-election hopes.
The Trump administration accused Chinese citizens of stealing scientific research and told the country’s diplomats in Texas to leave. Beijing warned it would retaliate.
On July 22nd, The United States has abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, accusing diplomats of aiding economic espionage and the attempted theft of scientific research as the Trump administration sharply escalates its moves against China.
The Consulate was seen burning documents in the backyard. People living nearby called the fire department thinking the Consulate was on fire. When the fire trucks arrived, they were denied to enter, until 72 hours later when the Chinese Citizens left the Consulate.
China called this action illegal, and vow to retaliate. Even though there was evidence controlled by the F.B.I. to believe the Consulate was used for intelligent purposes.
The F.B.I. has issued an arrest warrant for a Chinese student or researcher, Tang Juan, who sought refuge in the San Francisco consulate after American investigators discovered she had not disclosed her affiliation with the Chinese military and executed a search warrant to seize her electronic devices, according to the seven-page document. Chinese diplomats across the United States have helped military officers hide their identities, said John C. Demers, the assistant attorney general for national security.
The closing of the consulate in Houston may be less detrimental to the United States’ relations with Beijing than shutting down a different one would be. It is the “sister” diplomatic mission to the American consulate in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged. The State Department evacuated its consulate in Wuhan after the initial outbreak; it is not clear when it might fully reopen.
In response, China ordered the US Consulate in Chengdu-- one of the biggest major cities in China-- to close. Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan province, was an important diplomatic outpost for the US, covering a large swath of the country, including the controversial Tibetan Autonomous region. Beijing is also considering closing the US Consulate in Chongqing, and Shanghai.
The United States consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu officially closed Monday morning, amid worsening relations between Beijing and Washington.
The American flag over the building was lowered at dawn, according to Chinese state-run broadcaster CCTV, and onlookers were moved back by police surrounding the consulate as it prepared to shut.
Over the weekend, hundreds of people had gathered outside the US consulate in the city of 16.5 million people, taking selfies and waving Chinese flags.
"Today, we bid farewell to the US Consulate General in Chengdu. We will miss you forever," the mission's official post said.
*Informations Quoted from New York Times, CNN, and CCTV.*
Hospital In Queens Spent $52 million to treat 79 patients
Due to the high number of patients, the Queens Hospital Center was at triple of its capacity. The U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens was transformed into a temporary hospital in April.
On April 10th, the temporary hospital was opened to relieve the overwhelmed hospitals, had hundreds of beds and scores of medical professionals trained to treat virus patients. But for the entire month it remained open it only treated 3 patients from the Queens Hospital Center emergency department. Overall it cost $52 million and treated 79 patients.
New York paid as much as $732 an hour for some doctors at Billie Jean King, but the city made them spend hours on paperwork. They were supposed to treat coronavirus patients, but they did not accept people with fevers, a hallmark symptom of the virus. Officials said the site would serve critically ill patients, but workers said it opened with only one or two ventilators.
“I basically got paid $2,000 a day to sit on my phone and look at Facebook,” said Katie Capano, a nurse practitioner from Baltimore who worked at Billie Jean King. “We all felt guilty. I felt really ashamed, to be honest.”
That EDWARD SNOWDEN and JULIAN ASSANGE have hugely popular bases in the United States is rarely reported but this voting block is educated and not small. Both President Trump and Biden have all but avoid talking about any leniency for either man.
An online review of events held for the two men show there is widespread support for the freedom of both with a base of many millions.
How many millions of Bernie's supporters will vote on one issue?
Let EDWARD SNOWDEN return to United States if not a hero then at least to receive a fair trial (that is his suggestion).
An ugly election scandal of 2012 was MITT ROMNEY and REINCE PRIEBUS stealing the delegates from RON PAUL who was easily ahead in votes against ROMNEY. RON PAUL - leader of the Liberty movement has interviewed EDWARD SNOWDEN and is very sympathic towards the former NSA worker. RON PAUL and his son SENATOR RAND PAUL are connected and in touch with the growing liberty movement whose vote could easily determine a winner on one topic: FREEDOM FOR SNOWDEN and ASSANGE.
When will any major media news outlets ask PRESIDENT TRUMP and candidate BIDEN their position on SNOWDEN?
How does BIDEN or PRESIDENT TRUMP support the severe punishment of ASSANGE but not the NYTimes?
Once this topic enters the discussion both campaigns will will risk losing if they ignore EDWARD SNOWDEN and JULIAN ASSANGE.
FAKE NEWS mainstream media is getting slammed for pushing fmr. Trump National Security advisor JOHN BOLTON's new book and pretending BOLTON has anything to offer that would improve the lives of Americans.
Listening to BOLTON lecture on international relations is to fete a sad fearful man who often advocates the United States war and regime change and carelessly throw the youth of the country into harms way. BOLTON specializes in bedtime lullabys for the Council on Foreign Relations but holds no stature in politics today.
BOLTON worked for 2012 Presidential candidate loser MITT ROMNEY as a foreign relations advisor. Both of them were taken down inside the Republican party by congressman and Presidential candidate RON PAUL whose message of liberty was in stark contrast to the awful vison of ROMNEY and BOLTON world of endless war.
A BEATLES Complete song anthology book owned by JOHN LENNON has surfaced in New York. Although thousands of articles have been written on JOHN LENNON and the famous band as well - none have ever included the fact that JOHN LENNON took piano lessons.
The book was brought by JOHN LENNON to his piano classes so LENNON could polish up on his own songs using the piano instead of his regular guitar. He met Juillard trained piano teacher BILL FRITCHMAN when he and YOKO ONO moved into a million dollar mansion on the ocean to spend their summer.
The oceanside mansion was owned by land developer and agent for photogrtapher Irving Penn Bob Baird who many years later sold it to Ralph Lauren. The exquiste ocean mansion situated off the old Montauk highway in the Hamptons was the LENNON ONO retreat during a summer in the early 1970s. LENNON took his piano lesssons here.
BILL FRITCHMAN, was a Masters student at Juillard Music School in NYC and died three years ago at age 96. After the estate settled the book was in the hands of IAN SNOW who says although the book does not have a signature LENNON did write in the book and marked a few pages with his own hand. LENNON actually crossed out the publishers lyrics for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and wrote in the correct words above. These are more than typo correction - they are word corrections ...in LENNON's own hand.
SNOW says there is ample lineage evidence the book is real and that YOKO ONO could easily confirm that LENNON took the lessons from FRITCHMAN - something never written or recorded about until now.
SNOW says he will be bringing the book to an upcoming video podcast where more details will follow including plans for the book. He says the book is important in the same way as the Magna Carta or founding documents of The Church of England.