Testing capacity has been completely overhauled. Dealing nearing for $450 billion including monies for small business. Giuliani: China Sent Death ‘Ambassadors.’
During Sunday’s briefing, it was quite apparent that the American media’s narrative about President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic, including providing adequate warnings or enough testing capabilities, has been full of failure.
However, it will be hard to sustain this narrative in light of real reports. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo praised the federal response to the state’s struggles with the pathogen as a “phenomenal accomplishment.”
New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked on Sunday whether or not he has faith in President Trump when it comes to handling the Wuhan coronavirus. Gov. Cuomo made it clear that he not only trusts the president but that what Trump and his administration have done was nothing short of a “phenomenal accomplishment.”
“What the federal government did working with states was a phenomenal accomplishment,” the governor marveled. “We bent the curve. We flattened the curve. Government did it. People did it, but government facilitates people’s actions, right?”
Dr. Birx: President Trump Completely Overhauled Old Testing System To Increase Capacity
Testing is an essential component to starting Phase One of the Coronavirus Reopen, and the White House insists there are enough tests available.
The White House on Friday said that states have enough coronavirus tests to be able to enter the first phase of its plan for reopening the economy.
…”Our best scientists and health experts assess that states today have enough tests to implement the criteria of phase one if they choose to do so,” Vice President Pence told reporters at a news briefing Friday.
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, gave some backup to Pence’s argument.
He acknowledged a “problem” with the initial rollout of the tests, but said problems are being fixed.
During ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx noted that Trump completely overhauled the old testing system to increase capacity for coronavirus testing to a massive nationwide level. Governors should be utilizing the seven new platforms that are available that can help hospitals and clinics do the testing they need.
White House steers withheld WHO funds to other organizations
The White House budget office has told federal agencies to redirect World Health Organization funds to other groups, including the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse.
The US provided roughly 10 percent of the WHO’s $4.8 billion annual budget. Most US contributions were “voluntary.” Annual US dues were just $58 million, with the next installment not expected until September.
Trump administration officials have ceased “voluntary” contributions from agencies including USAID, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services — totaling about $300 million-$400 million a year.
An administration official told The Post that efforts were underway to redirect “every single pot of money” from the WHO to other organizations. Large international relief organizations already are in many cases doing similar work, they said.
Congress, White House nearing agreement on $450B aid package
Reports indicate that the Trump administration and Congress are nearing an agreement on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing.
President Donald Trump said Sunday, “We’re getting close to a deal.”
Along with the small business boost, Trump said the negotiators were looking at “helping our hospitals,” particularly hard-hit rural health care providers.
A deal could be announced Monday, the president said at a White House briefing.
Rudy Giuliani: China Sent Death ‘Ambassadors’ Around World
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani had some harsh words for China’s pandemic response.
China not only unleashed the deadly coronavirus pandemic on the world, but they “protected themselves” while doing it, closing down travel in their country from the city of Wuhan but permitting it internationally, according to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“They sent over a million people around the world – 1.5 million – almost like ambassadors carrying the disease,” Giuliani told host John Catsimatidis on Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable” on 970 AM-N.Y.
“What’s wrong with them, John? They have no conscience. It’s really a tragedy. This is directly caused by the Chinese Communist government, and by the choices they made. Almost all of this could have been avoided, John.
“The whole world is kind of shut down for three weeks because of them,” he added.
Medical detection dogs being trained to diagnose COVID-19
Now, this is a testing platform most people will love.
These dogs are to be trained to sniff out the coronavirus and, if the world-leading project is a success, they could screen 750 people an hour.
Medical detection dogs have already been trained to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria.
The Covid-19 project, the only one of its kind in the world, is a collaboration between the Medical Detection Dogs charity, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Durham University.
Professor James Logan, Head of the Department of Disease Control at the LSHTM, said: “It’s exciting because the project could move at speed as there are six dogs ready to be trained.”
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