Jared Kushner’s shadow coronavirus task force used a spreadsheet called ‘VIP Update’ to procure PPE from inexperienced Trump allies over legitimate vendors

When the US coronavirus outbreak began, there were concerns about healthcare workers getting the protective gear they needed. So the senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, formed a group of volunteers to sort through hundreds of leads on personal protective equipment and funnel the most promising ones to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which...

The director of a Brooklyn funeral home said ‘bodies are coming out of our ears’ after 50 bodies were found in storage trucks where leaking fluid was reported

A Brooklyn funeral home resorted to storing 50 corpses in four rented trucks after its facility was overwhelmed with bodies, New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker confirmed on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.  The police were called to the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home on Wednesday after neighbors complained about a bad smell coming from the trucks.  According to The New York Times,...

Frontline workers are taking pay cuts and being furloughed while hospital CEOs keep their seven-figure salaries

Frontline workers who care for critically ill coronavirus patients are now taking pay cuts and going without paid time off while the hospital executives continue to make seven-figure salaries. The pay cuts are meant to offset lost revenue from fewer elective and lucrative procedures that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Daily Beast reported. In Denver, executives at Denver...

Trump says he might give federal coronavirus aid to states if they comply with his political demands

President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that federal aid to states battling the novel coronavirus may depend on those states eliminating sanctuary cities, payroll taxes, and capital gains taxes. “Well run States should not be bailing out poorly run States, using CoronaVirus as the excuse!” the president tweeted. “The elimination of Sanctuary Cities, Payroll Taxes, and perhaps Capital Gains Taxes, must be...

Neil Ferguson: Government coronavirus adviser quits after breaking lockdown rules

A key scientist advising the government on the coronavirus pandemic has resigned after reportedly flouting social distancing restrictions, admitting he made an “error of judgement”. Professor Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist whose modelling convinced Boris Johnson to press ahead with a UK-wide lockdown, stood down from the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) after allegations emerged in the Daily Telegraph. It was claimed on Tuesday evening that...

Obama administration asked for funding to tackle future pandemics but Republicans refused

Barack Obama’s efforts to replenish America’s stockpile of protective equipment for healthcare workers were repeatedly blocked by Republican lawmakers, an investigation has found. The investigation by ProPublica found requests for funding to purchase protective equipment and train medical staff to prepare for future outbreaks were denied by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives that was filled with Tea Party-affiliated politicians.    Citing budget...

A leading potential coronavirus vaccine just started human trials in the US. The top scientist at Pfizer told us it could be ready for emergency use this fall.

A set of promising potential coronavirus vaccines just started trials in healthy volunteers in the US. If one of the injections works, the developers said they aim to make it available this fall. The first trial participants were given the vaccines at the medical schools of New York University and the University of Maryland, the vaccine’s developers, Pfizer and BioNTech, said in...

Trump says Fauci will be allowed to testify before Senate but not the House: ‘The House is a bunch of Trump-haters.’

After blocking the nation’s lead infectious disease expert and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force from testifying before Congress in hearings about the administration’s pandemic response, President Donald Trump took a half measure to reverse course. Before leaving to tour an N-95 mask facility in Arizona, Trump told reporters that Dr. Anthony Fauci will be able to...