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Human COVID vaccine trials begin in Australia

This is a very small sample size. Stay tuned.


Human COVID vaccine trials begin in Australia

Rod McGuirk

Monday, 25 May 2020 6:59 pm

US biotechnology company Novavax says a proven vaccine could be ready by the end of the year. File image. Credit: Getty

A US biotechnology company is beginning human trials in Australia of a coronavirus vaccine, with the hopes of releasing a proven vaccine this year.

Novavax has begun the first phase of the trial in which 131 volunteers in Melbourne and Brisbane will test the safety of the vaccine and look for early signs of its effectiveness.

“We are in parallel making doses, making vaccine in anticipation that we’ll be able to show it’s working and be able to start deploying it by the end of this year,” said the company’s research chief Dr Gregory Glenn.

Glenn was speaking at a virtual press conference in Melbourne from Novavax’s headquarters in Maryland.

About a dozen experimental vaccines are in early stages of testing or poised to start, mostly in China, the US and Europe.

Baltimore Mayor To Donald Trump: Don't Come Here During #Coronavirus Lockdown "Please stay home!"

As far as I know, Trump is still going to Baltimore.

Baltimore Mayor To Donald Trump: Don’t Come Here During #Coronavirus Lockdown
“Please stay home!” tweeted Jack Young, who urged the president to cancel his Memorial Day visit to the city.


05/22/2020 05:31 am ET Updated 1 day ago
Baltimore Mayor To Donald Trump: Don’t Come Here During Coronavirus Lockdown
“Please stay home!” tweeted Jack Young, who urged the president to cancel his Memorial Day visit to the city.
By Lee Moran

Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young has urged President Donald Trump to cancel his scheduled Memorial Day visit to the city, which remains under a stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Please stay home!” Young, a Democrat, tweeted at Trump on Thursday.

In a statement shared on Twitter, Young said Trump was sending “the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus” with his planned trip to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

“I wish that the President, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend,” Young added........................

Riding on the White House grounds.

Riding on the White House grounds.



#GoJoe #GoJoe2020 #GoJoe #GoJoe2020
#GoJoe #GoJoe2020 #GoJoe #GoJoe2020

Donald Trump campaign plans $1 million advertising attack after Biden's black voters comment

I have been busy last few days but I have read that the RW and the bots on twitter are really pounding Joe on this one. damn

Donald Trump campaign plans $1 million advertising attack after Biden’s black voters comment

The Donald Trump campaign is planning to launch a $1 million advertising attack centered around Joe Biden’s comment Friday to a popular black radio host that if anyone is struggling to decide whether to support Biden or President Donald Trump in the general election then he “ain’t black.”

The campaign has seized on the remarks since Biden made them in an interview on the radio show “The Breakfast Club” in which host Charlamagne Tha God told Biden he should come to the studio in New York City for another interview, telling the former vice president that “we’ve got more questions.”

“You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”............

Biden addressed his comments in a call with the US Black Chamber of Commerce, saying, “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier” and insisting he doesn’t take black voters for granted.

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San Diego Judge Dismisses OAN's $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Rachel Maddow

Source: kpbs.org

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A federal judge Friday dismissed a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by the owners and operators of the San Diego-based One America News Network against MSNBC and political commentator Rachel Maddow for telling her viewers last summer that the conservative network "really literally is paid Russian propaganda."

Bashant ruled that Maddow's statement "is an opinion that cannot serve as the basis for a defamation claim," and thus is protected under the First Amendment.

The San Diego-based judge ruled that most viewers would be able to conclude that Maddow was forwarding her opinion when she made the July 22 statements.

"For her to exaggerate the facts and call OAN Russian propaganda was consistent with her tone up to that point, and the court finds a reasonable viewer would not take the statement as factual given this context," Bashant wrote. "The context of Maddow's statement shows reasonable viewers would consider the contested statement to be opinion."

In a motion to dismiss the case, Maddow's attorneys allege Herrings Networks was not objecting to anything from the Daily Beast article, and conceded that Rouz worked for an organization affiliated with the Russian government.

Maddow's attorneys maintained that her comments during the segment were opinions based entirely on the Daily Beast story, and "she nowhere indicates that she has separate knowledge about Mr. Rouz or the funding of OAN other than from that article."


Read more: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2020/may/23/san-diego-judge-dismisses-oans-10-million-defamati/

article said they will appeal this decision.

Trump has a new money maker




Neera Tanden has the coronavirus..........

I have always enjoyed her commentary. . This virus is indeed scary.

Neera Tanden
I have the coronavirus. I’ve been sick for a week, and really, really fatigued, with muscle pain. So far, thankfully, no fever and my oxygen levels are fine. But I was super careful, wore masks, carried hand sanitizer. Haven’t really socialized with friends.


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I only went out for necessities and wore masks. And did nature walks. This is obviously a very transmissible virus. People need to take a lot of care and the idea we can just reopen is very scary.

Grant Stern
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Glad you hear that you're not suffering the worst illness, but sorry to hear that you are sick. Feel better soon!
Vanita Gupta
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So sorry @neeratanden
Wishing you speedy recovery.
Michael McFaul
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Neera, so sorry to read this. Keep strong.
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Oh no!! Please get better soon!
Susan Rice
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So sorry, Neera. Stay strong. We are with you. Sending love.
Neera Tanden
Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali
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I hope you rest and recover quickly, Neera.
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So sorry to hear this, @neeratanden
. Get well soon! We need your voice out there! Praying for you.
Red heart
Folded hands
Doc Yshuaben Moshe™
We need her voice? Really? For what? She fights against workers every chance she gets.
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Neal Katyal
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Oh no. Im so sorry. Am hoping you get better quickly.
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Andy Slavitt @
House with garden
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Neera, stay healthy. We need every ounce of your strength.

Biden has 46% to 43% lead in Wisc. poll.

State polls suggest Biden has a clear national lead
CNN Digital Expansion 2018 Harry Enten

Analysis by Harry Enten, CNN

The next 6 plus months will be so so so so long --


1017 GMT (1817 HKT) May 18, 2020

(CNN)Poll of the week: A new Marquette Law School poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 46% to 43% lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin.

The poll matches the last poll from Marquette, which also had Biden up by 3 points in Wisconsin.

What's the point: One of the big questions when we look at national polls is whether or not they're an accurate representation of what is going on at the state level. One of the easiest ways to check is to compare state poll results to the past presidential vote in a given state. I did so for all telephone polls that called cell phones since the beginning of April.

When we average out these state polls, they suggest that Biden's running about 6 points ahead of Hillary Clinton's final margin.
In other words, the state level polls suggest that Biden has a national lead of around 8 points. .....


Black activists warn Biden: Don't pick Klobuchar as VP

I think she would do fine as VP. She would have done fine as President also.

Black activists warn Biden: Don't pick Klobuchar as VP


The Minnesota senator and former prosecutor has problems with communities of colors that another top white contender, Elizabeth Warren, does not.
Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has regularly appeared as a surrogate and a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. | Eric Gay/AP Photo


05/23/2020 02:56 PM EDT

Amy Klobuchar performed abysmally among black voters in the Democratic primary. It’s haunting her now as Joe Biden decides on a running mate.

The Minnesota Democrat has the governing experience and ideological profile to mesh well with Biden, and she’s regularly appeared as a surrogate and a fundraiser for him, raking in more than $1.5 million for a single event she headlined. The pair have a warm relationship, trading phone calls when her husband was hospitalized with Covid-19 and they didn’t tangle publicly during primary.......................

....................Klobuchar's boosters counter that Donald Trump will drive out the Democratic base no matter what, and that the key Rust Belt states that Democrats have to win play to Klobuchar's strengths.

"I think she could help put the upper Midwest in play, and that's an invaluable asset," said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who backed Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary. He also noted that "there are a lot of black people" in the Midwest, in cities like Detroit and Milwaukee, who will also be key for Democrats in winning back those states.

"I think the base is going to be excited enough because, before, Trump was an idea, now Trump is the reality," Ellison continued.

The U.S. is stuck in a patchwork pandemic, and the country's disparate experiences of the same crisi

The U.S. is stuck in a patchwork pandemic, and the country’s disparate experiences of the same crisis will make for a difficult year ahead, @edyong209 reports. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/patchwork-pandemic-states-reopening-inequalities/611866/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share The White House’s baseless attempts to claim victory will further divide the already fragmented states of America.

America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further


The coronavirus is coursing through different parts of the U.S. in different ways, making the crisis harder to predict, control, or understand.
A U.S. map shaded in with coronavirus particles

May 20, 2020

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here.

There was supposed to be a peak. But the stark turning point, when the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. finally crested and began descending sharply, never happened. Instead, America spent much of April on a disquieting plateau, with every day bringing about 30,000 new cases and about 2,000 new deaths. The graphs were more mesa than Matterhorn—flat-topped, not sharp-peaked. Only this month has the slope started gently heading downward.

This pattern exists because different states have experienced the coronavirus pandemic in very different ways. In the most severely pummeled places, like New York and New Jersey, COVID-19 is waning. In Texas and North Carolina, it is still taking off. In Oregon and South Carolina, it is holding steady. These trends average into a national plateau, but each state’s pattern is distinct. Currently, Hawaii’s looks like a child’s drawing of a mountain. Minnesota’s looks like the tip of a hockey stick. Maine’s looks like a (two-humped) camel. The U.S. is dealing with a patchwork pandemic....................................

................The pandemic discourse has been dominated by medical countermeasures like antibody tests (which are currently too unreliable), drugs (which are not cure-alls), and vaccines (which are almost certainly at least a year away). But social solutions like paid sick leave, which two in three low-wage workers do not have, can be implemented immediately. Imagine if the energy that went into debating the merits of hydroxychloroquine went into ensuring hazard pay, or if the president, instead of wondering out loud if disinfectant could be injected into the body, advocated for health care for all? “We have decades of social-science research that tells us these things work,” says Courtney Boen, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s a question of political will, not scientific discovery.”

And while a vaccine will protect against only COVID-19 (if people agree to take it at all), social interventions will protect against the countless diseases that may emerge in the future, along with chronic illnesses, maternal mortality, and other causes of poor health. “This pandemic won’t be the last health crisis the U.S. faces,” Boen says. “If we want to be on better footing the next time, we want to reduce the things that put people at risk of being at risk.”

Of all the threats we know, the COVID-19 pandemic is most like a very rapid version of climate change—global in its scope, erratic in its unfolding, and unequal in its distribution. And like climate change, there is no easy fix. Our choices are to remake society or let it be remade, to smooth the patchworks old and new or let them fray even further.
Ed Yong is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers science.

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