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:
- While left-wing politicians are trying to sow fear for political gain in an election year, the fact is that any vaccine approved will meet the high safety and efficacy standards required by the FDA. The FDA has published transparent guidance that outlines what is required for a COVID-19 vaccine approval.
- Under Operation Warp Speed “protocols for the demonstration of safety and efficacy are being aligned, which will allow the trials to proceed more quickly” and “rather than eliminating steps from traditional development timelines, steps will proceed simultaneously, such as starting manufacturing of the vaccine at industrial scale well before the demonstration of vaccine efficacy and safety as happens normally. This increases the financial risk, but not the product risk.”
- The United States continues to make progress under Operation Warp Speed with three vaccines in phase 3 clinical trials.
Coronavirus Quote of the Week:
“I didn’t get any sense that [President Trump] was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci
Bogus Narrative of the Week:
The Washington Beltway has been quick to latch onto excerpts from Bob Woodward’s upcoming book stating that President Trump tried to downplay the coronavirus when in reality he took quick action early on to protect the American people while trying to keep the public calm in the face of the unknown.
Why it’s false:
- On February 9, New York Democratic Governor Cuomo told reporters, “no reason to panic … take a deep breath.” On March 8, he continued to describe COVID-19 as a “bad flu.”
- On February 24, Speaker Pelosi told people it was fine to go to Chinatown in San Francisco.
- On March 2, New York City Mayor de Blasio told people to go about their lives and business.
While President Trump was building the largest testing system from scratch (nearly 100 million tests completed to date) and launching Operation Warp Speed to deliver a vaccine in record time to hundreds of millions of people, the left-wing media from CNN to MSNBC downplayed the coronavirus for months, stating that people should be more concerned about the flu than the coronavirus.
Last week, Dr. Fauci completely refuted the media’s implication that the President distorted the facts about the pandemic, stating “I didn’t get the sense that he was distorting anything.” He went on to say, “I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly.”
The fact of the matter is that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are focused on saving lives, defeating the virus, and rebuilding our economy. Democrats continue to politicize the pandemic and are refusing to pass another relief bill that would deliver relief for Americans struggling during the pandemic. No money for testing, no extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, no more additional funds for vaccines.
Last week, the SSOCC held a hearing to examine voting in the upcoming election amid the coronavirus. Republicans emphasized that health officials, including Doctors Birx, Fauci, and Redfield have all stated its safe to vote in person when health protocols are followed and also noted there have been no surge in cases when Americans have voted in primaries this year. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft – the only witness on the panel that actually is running an election – told the subcommittee that states, just like Missouri, can easily allow in person voting by following proper health protocols.
Despite continued push from Republicans (see here, here, here, here, and here), Democrats continue to refuse to hold Governor Cuomo and other Democratic governors accountable for “must admit” order that resulted in the deaths of nursing home patients. The Wall Street Journal exposed Governor Cuomo’s deadly order, showing that despite objections from nursing homes, he ordered them to admit COVID positive seniors and then used shady math to cover up the deaths. Nursing homes that refused the order kept quiet out of fear, saying “I know how vindictive [Cuomo] is.”
Trump Administration’s Actions:
Trump Administration Takes Action to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Assistant Secretary for Health, issued guidance to expand access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are made available. This guidance authorizes state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and state-licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under the supervision of the qualified pharmacist to administer, COVID-19 vaccinations to persons ages 3 or older, subject to certain requirements.
- Thousands of Rapid Covid-19 Testing Devices Now at Nursing Homes (Bloomberg Law)
- U.S. Stockpile Adds $156 Million in Virus Protection Gear (Bloomberg Law)
- Pfizer CEO Says Americans Could Get Covid Shot Before Year-End (Bloomberg)
- AstraZeneca Resumes Its COVID-19 Vaccine Trials In The U.K. (NPR)
- AstraZeneca CEO Sees Oxford Vaccine Possible by End of Year, Despite Setback(WSJ)
- Several Covid-19 Vaccines Could Join Winner’s Circle (WSJ)
- FDA Setting Higher Bar for Emergency Covid Vaccine Clearance (Bloomberg)
- How drugmakers can keep their pledge and still deliver an October vaccine surprise (Reuters)
- Scientists Cast Doubt on Results From Russian Covid Vaccine (Bloomberg)
- China Injects Hundreds of Thousands With Experimental Covid-19 Vaccines(WSJ)
- Trump accuses Biden of campaigning against a coronavirus vaccine (Wash Examiner)
- Azar responds to Biden and Harris, promises coronavirus vaccine will meet ‘very high safety’ standards (Fox News)
- COVID-19 Prevalence Has Increased More in Younger Patients than Other Age Groups (Epic Health Research Network)
- Fauci tells Fox he ‘didn’t get any sense’ that Trump ‘was distorting anything’ about coronavirus (Fox News)
- Senate Democrats block Republican Covid relief proposal (Politico)
- White House looks at more executive actions as coronavirus-relief talks appear finished (WaPo)
- In Worst-Hit Covid State, New York’s Cuomo Called All the Shots (WSJ)
- Democrats Filibuster Covid Relief (WSJ Editorial Board)
- Government vs. Private Covid Layoffs (WSJ Editorial Board)
- Kamala Harris’s anti-vaccine flirtation is dangerously irresponsible (Wash Examiner Editorial)
- Joe Biden and Kamala Harris need to quit playing politics with COVID-19 vaccine(NY Post Editorial)
- The coronavirus pandemic underscores the need to bring drug manufacturing back to U.S. (FDA Commissioner Hahn, CNBC)
- How ‘Emergency Use’ Can Help Roll Out a Covid Vaccine (WSJ, Gottlieb and McClellan)
Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasts Governor Cuomo for his ‘must admit’ order that resulted in the deaths of nursing home patients and his attempt to cover it up.