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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 05:14 PM

Trump Pressed for Plasma Therapy. Officials Worry, Is an Unvetted Vaccine Next?

New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.

WASHINGTON — It was the third week of August, the Republican National Convention was days away, and President Trump was impatient.

White House officials were anxious to showcase a step forward in the battle against the coronavirus: an expansion of the use of blood plasma from recovered patients to treat new ones. For nearly two weeks, however, the National Institutes of Health had held up emergency authorization for the treatment, citing lingering concerns over its effectiveness.

So on Wednesday, Aug. 19, Mr. Trump called Dr. Francis S. Collins, the director of the N.I.H., with a blunt message.

“Get it done by Friday,” he demanded.

It wasn’t done by Friday, and on Sunday, regulators at the Food and Drug Administration still had not finished a last-minute data review intended to ease N.I.H. doubts.

But on Sunday night, the eve of the convention, the president announced, with the F.D.A.’s approval, that plasma therapy would be available for wider use, and he declared that it could reduce deaths by 35 percent, vastly overstating what the data had shown about the benefits.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/12/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-treatment-vaccine.html

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 06:10 PM

1. I won't be taking any vaccine.....

From this IMBECILIC TRAITOR.
NOT ME. NOSSIR.
I will wait for President Biden to apply science and technology to the enterprise.

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Sat Sep 12, 2020, 06:49 PM

2. Remember

It takes a village to enable an idiot.

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