Almost 11,000 passengers potentially exposed to the virus on U.S. flights: CDC

Grant Boone
September 24, 2020

Trump keeps promising a pre-election COVID-19 vaccine, "even though his own top health officials, including the former drug company executive leading his Operation Warp Speed vaccine initiative, have said again and again they are highly dubious of his rosy timeline", Politico notes. "FDA will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that", Hahn said.

Trump, however, questioned why a vaccine would need to be delayed and said such a proposal by the FDA would appear to be politically-driven.

Outside experts have expressed concern the administration is pressuring health authorities to approve a vaccine before the presidential election in November.

Jimenez and Milton said it's important to wear masks to reduce the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19. But they have said that they would use most of the standards that are required for a full approval. The move was lauded by scientists who have for months argued that aerosols account for a significant share of coronavirus transmission. Critics say the president has downplayed the pandemic's gravity as he repeatedly claims it is nearing an end, marginalised some government scientists responsible for managing the government's response, and pushed others to alter their recommendations.

Her recusal, first reported by Reuters, comes three months after she was named as one of the investigators for biotech Moderna's late-stage COVID-19 trial for its mRNA vaccine hopeful, which is likely to be one of the first pandemic shots assessed by the FDA's advisory committee. AstraZeneca's is now on hold in this country as regulators investigate whether its vaccine candidate caused a serious neurological problem in a participant in Britain.

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It stressed that the app does not hold personal information and no personal data is shared with the government or the NHS. It uses Apple and Google's built-in Bluetooth technology, designed so that nobody will know who or where users are.

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reaffirmed this timeline to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, saying, "We will have the 700 million doses based on projection by late March, early April".

The current recommendations say that the virus spreads between individuals who are within about six feet of each other, including by way of droplets spread through coughing, sneezing and talking.

Previously, the same Web page had simply said the virus spread, "Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)".

In an interview last Thursday with the Times, Adm. Brett Giroir, the administration's testing coordinator and an assistant secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that the CDC wrote the original testing guidance referenced above, but that he "coordinated editing and input from the scientific and medical members" of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The clarification now says people without symptoms should be tested.

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