The Recovery Report is a weekly newsletter about America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Republicans.
Coronavirus Facts of the Week:
- The Trump Administration’s strong leadership continues to help make more COVID-19 treatments and therapies available to the American people. Starting last week, American hospitals can purchase Remdesivir directly from the drug’s distributor. President Trump’s physician recently prescribed doses of this drug to help shorten the President’s illness.
- The Great American Comeback continues. The unemployment rate fell to 7.9%down from 8.4% in August, adding 661,00 jobs. In the last five months, over half of the job losses from the pandemic have been recovered and the United States has gained more than 11.4 million jobs.
- Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar testified that states can and should safely reopen their economies. He also confirmed that the unemployment rate would be lower if Democratic governors rescinded their lockdown orders.
- Democrats’ economic lockdowns are disproportionately affecting women’s careers, according to a new study. Though women make up 47 percent of the labor force, they account for 54 percent of all initial job losses and 49 percent of all current job losses.
- The study also shows that working moms are bearing the brunt of school closures. Democrats continue to keep schools closed even though research shows that less than 1 percent of students and faculty are contracting COVID-19 since schools reopened.
Coronavirus Quote of the Week:
“I had to be out front and this is America, this is the United States. The greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs, totally safe and just say ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens’. I can’t do that. We have to confront problems. As a leader, you have to confront problems. There’s never been a great leader that would have done that.” – President Donald J. Trump
Bogus Narrative of the Week:
Democrats repeatedly charge that President Trump has no national plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. At last week’s hearing with Secretary Azar, Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Chairman Clyburn (D-S.C.) stated “the Trump Administration has refused to step up and lead a national response to stop the spread of this deadly virus.” This is false.
Why it’s false:
- A Plan to Procure Personal Protective Equipment: On March 29, 2020, President Trump launched Project Airbridge and began to carefully and thoughtfully leverage the Defense Production Act to secure PPE, ventilators, and other needed resources to combat the pandemic. To date, the Trump Administration coordinated the delivery or production of billions of PPE.
- A Plan to Slow the Spread: On March 16, 2020, President Trump announced national guidelines entitled ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ of COVID-19. These guidelines outlined how to help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe. These were extended by ’30 Days to Slow the Spread’ through April 30. Dr. Fauci testified before this Subcommittee that those decisions saved lives.
- A Plan to Increase Testing: On May 24, 2020, the Trump Administration released a report to Congress which built on the April 27 national testing blueprint. Through these robust national testing plans, President Trump built the world’s greatest testing apparatus from scratch. The U.S. conducted over 100 million tests in only five months.
- A Plan to Safely Reopen the Economy: On April 16, 2020, President Trump unveiled the ‘Guidelines for Opening up American Again,’ a three-phased approach to help state and local officials reopen their economies under the direction of each state’s governor. Under this plan, President Trump is on track to rebuild the strongest economy in American history faster than predicted.
- A Plan to Safely Reopen Schools: The scientists and physicians at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies’ Committee on Guidance for K-12 Education on Responding to COVID-19 recommend schools implement policies which enable students to learn in-person. Based on the evidence and data, the CDC provided approximately hundreds of pages of realistic and workable guidance documents for schools across the country. There is no reason – following the guidelines provided – children cannot safely return to school in the fall. Further delays in returning to school only undermine educational attainment for those most vulnerable, burden parents in the middle to low income brackets, and cause untold detriment to America’s youths’ health and wellbeing.
- A Plan to Create a Safe and Effective Vaccine: On May 15, 2020, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed (OWS) to bring a safe and effective vaccine to the American people faster than ever before. OWS aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. By investing in and coordinating development, OWS will allow a vaccine to be delivered to patients more rapidly while adhering to standards for safety and efficacy. As of September 23, four vaccines affiliated with OWS are in Phase III trials and on track for rapid FDA approval.
This Week’s SSOCC Highlights:
On Friday, October 2, HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified before the SSOCC on the COVID-19 response. At the hearing, Republican members discussed the top five takeaways they have gleaned from their work on the Select Subcommittee over the past five months:
- China lied about the dangers of COVID-19 while simultaneously hoarding PPE and allowing Chinese nationals – including thousands from Wuhan – to travel abroad.
- The Trump Administration responded immediately to the emerging threat.
- President Trump made tough, but effective decisions based on the best advice of medical professionals. The President’s decisions saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
- The Trump Administration has led an unprecedented effort to produce and distribute PPE, create the world’s best testing infrastructure, reduce fatalities through better treatments, and create a safe and effective vaccine faster than any in human history.
- Democrat governors ignored guidance from the Trump Administration and sent COVID-19 positive patients back to nursing homes, resulting in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Trump Administration Actions
President Trump Announces 150 Million Rapid Tests to be Sent to States: Last week, President Trump announced that the federal government will ship out 150 million rapid tests to states over the next few weeks, including to schools, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. President Trump is encouraging states to use the rapid tests to help start or maintain in-person teaching. The rapid tests, which deliver results in 15 minutes, would be able to test teachers and students on a weekly basis. The U.S. continues to lead the world in testing under President Trump’s leadership.
- Scalise touts Trump coronavirus response, slams Democrats for ‘working to undermine public faith’ (Fox News)
- Physicians Decided to Start Remdesivir Therapy for Trump (Bloomberg)
- More Than 600,000 Child Cases Reported Of COVID-19, But Severe Illness Is ‘Rare’ (NPR)
- Florida schools reopened en mass, but a surge in coronavirus didn’t follow, a USA TODAY analysis found (USA Today)
- Azar says science will guide vaccine decisions (Roll Call)
- Covid-19 Vaccines Should First Go to Health Workers, First Responders, Group Recommends (WSJ)
- Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans should trust credibility of COVID-19 vaccine process (Texas Tribune)
- All Eyes Are on Pfizer as Trump Pushes for Vaccine by October (NYT)
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older adults: study (Reuters)
- Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests (Axios)
- American Airlines rolling out coronavirus testing for passengers (Fox News)
- There’s Less Than 1% Chance of Catching Covid-19 Flying, Says Airline Exec(Bloomberg)
- Cuomo sparks outrage with false claim about nursing home deaths (Washington Examiner)
- Maryland reports no COVID-19 deaths for first time since late March (The Hill)
- Household Wealth Rose in Years Before Pandemic, Fed Says (WSJ)
- U.S. Home-Price Growth Picks Up Pace Amid Pandemic Buying Rush (WSJ)
- Consumers Grow More Confident About U.S. Economy (WSJ)
- Trump administration to renew coronavirus emergency declaration (Politico)
- Rep. Steve Scalise: Trump actions on coronavirus saved hundreds of thousands of lives, new report shows (Fox News)
- Trump’s Positive Covid Test (WSJ Editorial Board)
- We run Cornell. Here’s how we’ve kept low covid-19 rates on campus. (WaPo)
- Vote in Person, New York (NYT Editorial Board)
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wishes the President and First Lady a speedy recovery.