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Trump Contradicted CDC Director On A Coronavirus Vaccine

Trump Contradicted CDC Director On A Coronavirus Vaccine

As the coronavirus vaccine is thrust into the center of the US presidential election, experts fear that public trust in the vaccine is taking a serious hit.Capping an extraordinary day of vaccine politics, President Donald Trump questioned the vaccine timeline given by his own CDC director on Wednesday, calling the senior health official’s estimate that a vaccine would not be available until 2021 a “mistake.”“We’re going to have a vaccine within months, at most,” Trump said.Wednesday’s events, which included a Trump campaign event on vaccines as well as a speech on the topic from former...

September 17, 2020
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A Coronavirus Vaccine Probably Won’t Save Trump's 2020

A Coronavirus Vaccine Probably Won’t Save Trump's 2020

“I can’t see how this is done, frankly, before the middle of next year,” said one expert, of a coronavirus vaccine.There’s growing concern among health experts and Democrats that President Donald Trump will rush a potentially faulty vaccine before the election to save his presidency.But it’s highly unlikely even the bare minimum of clinical trial data from the administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” candidates will be available by November, making any possible attempt to speed up a vaccine before the election extremely difficult.“I think there is a sense among many people on the inside that...

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August 1, 2020
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Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir Received Emergency Approval By The FDA

Coronavirus Drug Remdesivir Received Emergency Approval By The FDA

The drug's approval comes days after a preliminary study showed a four-day decrease in hospital stays following treatment.BuzzFeed News has reporters across five continents bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, and sign up for our newsletter, .The FDA approved the experimental drug remdesivir for emergency use to treat on Friday, just days after a preliminary study reported it shortened hospital stays for COVID-19 patients.In an , the FDA's chief scientist, Denise Hinton, concluded, "It is reasonable to believe that the known and...

May 1, 2020
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Fauci: Early Coronavirus Reopenings Now Could Lead To Avoidable "Suffering And Death"

Fauci: Early Coronavirus Reopenings Now Could Lead To Avoidable "Suffering And Death"

The nation's top infectious disease official warned lawmakers that if states proceed with reopening their economies early, "There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control."BuzzFeed News has reporters across five continents bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, and sign up for our newsletter, .Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, warned senators on Tuesday that states ending stay-at-home orders to reopen business widely across the country threatened to restart...

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May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus: How Long Will Social Distancing Last?

Coronavirus: How Long Will Social Distancing Last?

“We need to figure out how we are going to live in a time of plague,” said one doctor.The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, and sign up for our newsletter, .How long can a nation of 327 million people endure with work and schools closed, lost jobs, and people still dying from a pandemic with no proven treatment?At least until April 30, President Donald Trump , backing down from earlier calls to end social distancing measures by Easter. Delaware has a stay-at-home order lasting . On...

April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus: Kentucky And Tennessee Are In A COVID-19 "Natural Experiment" Over The Success Of Social Distancing

Coronavirus: Kentucky And Tennessee Are In A COVID-19 "Natural Experiment" Over The Success Of Social Distancing

The politically opposite neighboring states have had two different approaches to tackling the spread of COVID-19, and, some residents fear, two drastically different outcomes.A natural experiment in stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus is playing out on the border between Kentucky and Tennessee, where an early start to social distancing is pitted against a late one.As of Saturday, Kentucky is 1,840 cases and 94 deaths, while as of Sunday, Tennessee 5,308 cases and 101 deaths. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on March 6, while neighboring Tennessee’s Bill Lee...

April 17, 2020
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A West Virginia Law May Drive Needle Exchanges Underground

A West Virginia Law May Drive Needle Exchanges Underground

“You’re actually talking about human beings here,” said one needle exchange program director. “This will kill them.”West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday signed a law restricting needle exchanges in the state, likely shuttering or driving many underground. despite a worsening HIV outbreak, a crisis that needle exchanges have repeatedly been shown to help stop.In February, a CDC official told a Charleston, West Virginia, city council committee that the country’s was occurring among people using injection drugs there. Despite needle exchanges helping limit past outbreaks in Indiana and...

April 17, 2021
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West Virginia Limits Needle Exchange Amid HIV Outbreak

West Virginia Limits Needle Exchange Amid HIV Outbreak

A nonprofit needle exchange that detected an HIV outbreak in Charleston has triggered a backlash in the state legislature. “It’s a public health disaster,” one expert said.A dangerous HIV outbreak gripping Charleston, West Virginia, comes just as the state is trying to dismantle one of the most effective ways to stop it: needle exchanges.Undercover police officers have run stings on a volunteer group that distributes clean needles from parking lots in the city’s neglected west side. And lawmakers are moving not just to outlaw the program, but to criminalize it.“I’ve been here 25 years, and...

March 21, 2021
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Biden Plans To Purchase 200 Million More Vaccine Shots

Biden Plans To Purchase 200 Million More Vaccine Shots

The president has faced mounting pressure to up his pledge of administering 100 million COVID-19 shots during his first 100 days in office.President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the White House's plan to purchase another 200 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna's two-shot vaccines for distribution over the summer, as well as more immediate steps to speed up vaccinations nationwide."This is enough vaccine to fully vaccinate 300 [million] Americans by end of the summer, beginning of the fall," Biden said, adding that his team will "soon be able to confirm the purchase.""This is an aggregate...

March 5, 2021
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Coronavirus Vaccine Safety Fears Pit Scientists Against Trump

Coronavirus Vaccine Safety Fears Pit Scientists Against Trump

"Some of the scientists have come to a point where they realize they have to speak out as a matter of life and death," said one expert.The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, and sign up for our newsletter, .Scientists inside the federal government are scrambling to throw up safety measures around vaccines as President Donald Trump, bent on reelection and grappling with a failed response to the pandemic, applies mounting pressure on them to push a vaccine out to the public.The result is an...

September 25, 2020
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