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Vice President Mike Pence convened the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday for the first time in a week.
The group of doctors and high-ranking administration officials, which met daily even on weekends at the height of the pandemic, has seen its formal sessions reduced from three per week at the start of May to one per week now, according to White House schedules.
Additionally, while overall infections and death rates are down in the United States, infections and deaths are rising in more than a dozen states, as they are in countries around the world, an ominous sign that the pandemic may be entering a new phase.
Why This Matters: Coronavirus will surge again when summer ends; infectious disease experts are almost certain of that. But they don’t know how severe that resurgence will be. So far, we haven’t prepared this reality. Relief programs for Americans are set to run out by the summer and each state is still scrambling to reopen and manage future outbreaks. In the absence of strong federal leadership, states and cities are being left on their own.
As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend. While some states have […]
In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future.
Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.
Yesterday, over 36,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by state health officials. As the Washington Post explained, the number of cases has surpassed the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Increased community spread in states like Florida and Texas–whose governors were eager to reopen–show that warnings from public health officials who […]
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