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Trump: It's About #Me, Not Others

by Oui Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 09:41:51 AM EST

The Dominic Cummings policy on the CoV-2 pandemic rears its ugly head again ... just as persistent as the virus that traveled the globe via their hosts traveling by air.

The writing has been on the wall for weeks in the UK, US and where I reside in The Netherlands. Lying liers ...

PM Mark Rutte had a broad explanation why it wasn't necessary and it was good policy NOT to do more tests as directly advised by the WHO.

More below the fold ...


Yesterday the truth shattered this obvious fallacy ... the Dutch health authorities weren't well prepared and didn't have the number of test kits needed! The Medical Center of the University of Groningen did possess another type of test kits and has done the proper testing ... there were a large number of doctors, nurses and health workers infected by the coronavirus. Compared to patients and this group in a 1 to 5 ratio! Thus group are just like many Dutchmen, in large numbers they go skiing on winterbreak to the Alps, including Switzerland and Northern Italy. Except the healthcare group have a high income and more likely to have gone on a winter vakation.

In the hard-hit Southern province of Brabant it was already proved the healthcare group were infected in large numbers ... now I suspect many had been infected outside the hospital

Northern provinces to step up testing to `search and contain' coronavirus | Dutch News |

The four northern provinces Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland and Overijssel are planning to step up the rate of testing for Covid-19 as they try to curb the spread of the disease. Alex Friedrich, microbiologist at the UMCG teaching hospital in Groningen, told De Groene Amsterdammer that the region was `departing from the national policy' of only testing patients when they start to show symptoms.

So far the north has returned relatively few positive tests, with only a handful of municipalities recording more than 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants as of March 22, compared to 350 in parts of Noord-Brabant. Friedrich, who himself recently recovered from coronavirus, said more intensive testing was important to control the spread of the disease and make sure that medical staff did not infect their patients.

UMC Groningen Head of Intensive Care Unit stricken by the CoV-2 illness

'The biggest risk is that hospital staff become infected and infect patients and colleagues who then go out into the region. That can make hospitals super-spreaders of the epidemic. The national policy up until now has been to stop testing workers in the healthcare sector. We, along with a number of other hospitals, have been testing them.'

Missing in yesterday’s pandemic briefing?

Others are positioning themselves and the country on a social distance from this callous approach. From Canada's Trudeau a statement of human insight:

Anne Rimoin, field epidemiologist and UCLA professor, on Trump's advocacy for use of anti-malaria drug chloroguine, is not well founded due to side/effects or unproven effectiveness. See was interviewed thus morning on CNN International.

The Trumps, Johnsons and Ruttes of this world are losing their case as reality of the numbers got in the way ... their policy hit a brick wall!

Older people would rather die than let Covid-19 harm US economy - Texas official | The Guardian |

Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick tells Fox News: `Do we have to shut down the entire country for this? I think we can get back to work'

As Donald Trump pushed to re-open the US economy in weeks, rather than months, the lieutenant governor of Texas went on Fox News to argue that he would rather die than see public health measures damage the US economy, and that he believed "lots of grandparents" across the country would agree with him

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Trump vows to reopen US economy even as deaths from coronavirus rise

Donald Trump has said he was eager to reopen the US economy in weeks, not months, even as the death toll from the virus continued to rise.

The president, who has been anxious about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the US economy, made the remarks at a White House press briefing Monday in which he repeatedly refused to confirm that he would listen to public health authorities if they advised him to keep restrictive public health measures in place, even at a cost to the economy.

Doctor's Oath of Hippocrates may be an obstacle ...

    After the second world war the WMA took responsibility for setting ethical guidelines for the world's doctors. Crucially, the WMA oath contains the pledge: "I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient."

Not sacrificing human lives on the altar of greed, selfishness and pure capitalism symbolized by Manhattan, Wall Street, US/Global Oligarchs and unfortunately ... the U.S. Congress.

Trump's decoy in winning the 2016 "Make America Great Again (AMGA) -- symbolizing the anti-social personal traits of himself, will go into the dustbin of history. It's plain to see for all! It's not about #Me Mr. President, it's about human values and care of one's brother or sister!!

Doctors need “physical” distancing from ill-founded Trump and Conservative ideology …

It's time to play offense - Monday's COVID-19 WHO briefing

It’s time to go on the offensive. That was the message from World Health Organization (WHO) in a briefing to media today.

A special messaging service launched in partnership with WhatsApp and Facebook last week is one way WHO officials say people can get reliable information. Since its launch last Friday, the service now has 10 million users and will be expanded into languages such as French, Spanish and Arabic this week.

Developing effective therapeutics

As there is yet no treatment for coronavirus, research will be essential. Measures such as the Solidarity Trial launched last week, an international WHO initiative that compares untested treatments with each other, can speed the search for a solution.

"Small, observational and non-randomized studies will not give us the answers we need”, said the Director-General. Findings “without the right evidence could raise false hope and even do more harm than good".

On a personal note, due to the age category [!] I’ve isolated myself from mass transportation and gatherings for some weeks. Today I had a routine CT-scan programmed for a final check for an underlying issue I had recovered from. Fortunately, just ahead of the scan this morning, the specialist (an acquaintance) called me to find out how I was doing. I told him I was feeling great and in good spirit. He concluded, we’ll postpone your visit to the hospital today … as it’s not the best place to be for healthy persons. Thanking the Almighty 😊

More to follow later ...

RUG Corona inhalator
https://www.rug.nl/news/2020/03/ug-and-umcg-researchers-investigate-corona-inhaler

WHO on trials without evidence

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Grasping at straws ... America's Wild West!

Trump keeps promoting an unproven coronavirus treatment -- despite his experts' advice | Vox News !

He highlighted the treatment on Twitter Saturday, citing a study that, as Vox's Umair Irfan has explained, had design issues most scientists would see as problematic, including a small sample size and a lack of randomization. Those issues did not stop the president from retweeting the research, or from using it to support his claim that "HydroChloroguine & Azithromycin, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine." CDC: Therapeutic Options for COVID-19 Patients

At his daily coronavirus press conference Saturday afternoon, Trump made a similar claim, and told reporters the hydroxychloroquine along with azithromycin, an antibiotic the study suggested be used in concert with hydroxychloroquine, is "going to be distributed" to New York and other states.

Both drugs are already widely available, but are not currently recommended by experts as viable coronavirus treatments. Trump disagreed with those experts Saturday.

"What do we have to lose? I feel very good about it," the president said. "We're going to find out very shortly whether or not it's going to work."

As China, the economic powerhouse second only to the United States recovers, president Trump and his economic advisors watch the event happening from another planet.

As a medical side-effect, for patients using the HydroxyChloroquine drug for its intended purpose, it is out of stock and NOT Available!

Lupus patients struggle to fill prescriptions after Trump touts drug for COVID-19: "This is endangering lives" | CBS News |

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 12:16:06 PM EST
Most ignorant, litigious nation on planet reports: Once again, "self-medicating" is not some urban myth. It is indeed one of America's least charming pastimes. For instance, last autumn an FDA circulated PSA advised people against drinking chlorine bleach. And for a decade, GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) advertised HH property and casualty insurance products with the slogan ("tag" or "tagline"), "So simple even a caveman can do it." That is to choose the "tool" best suited for one's own need. Ultimately, GEICO replaced the caveman of unidentified CLADE with a talking iguana to endorse its insurance products.

Which is not to suggest that GEICO insurance products, any more than choroquine compounds, are defective; rather, a number of cultural ahh limitations, both private and public, inhibit reasonable expectations from circulating through commonsense said to join diverse peoples in lofty commonweal or profane enterprises of a "nation"; and iguanas in fed gov routinely cannot help but stimulate the ignorance of their constituencies. For what "general purposes" I would not say are ahh democratic. Rather, to test the tensile strength of lies that enthrall and inform them.

"WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR" (US press corp lede formula) is
(1) novel signifies NEW, UNKNOWN virus, ergo NEW,UNKNOWN vaccine, ergo UNPROVEN remedy for its disease(s) pathology; (2) heads of gov around the world have volunteered unnamed, confirmed COVID19 cases to participate in a "huge" clinical PHASE I trial of several, unnamed drugs--some are NOVEL, some off-label antiviral and antibacteral. WHO.int is the principal iguana hustling diminution of pHARMA regulatory regime change in order ostensibly to limit feasible candidate therapies; (3) Trump is one head of state or authority figure, cast as backdrop to basic human physiology, who is demonstrably inept at performing any script or propound any instruction.

Counter-factuals daily abound in lieu of commonsense, scripts, and instructions.

Will an old malaria drug help fight the coronavirus?
Hydroxychloroquine treats "malaria, rheumatic conditions and other ailments", off-label drug PROMO; Plaquenil, brand name drug PROMO

First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States
"intravenous remdesivir" treats pneumonia (formerly ebola), off-label drug PROMO

by Cat on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 07:37:54 PM EST
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The pixels of the lawsuit against Gilead ain't even dry!
Drugmaker backpedals on specialty status for COVID-19 drug
Gilead Sciences said it will ask U.S. regulators to revoke the so-called "orphan drug" status it received for its experimental drug remdesivir. The status would have entitled the company to financial incentives and exclusive marketing intended for rare disease treatments. The Food and Drug Administration granted the company's request for the designation on Monday, noting that COVID-19 qualified as a rare disease under U.S. rules, since fewer than 200,000 Americans are infected.

You'd never know it from APsplainin tho'.
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Only asset left to that pos is a respectable showing in the WHO.int "Solidarity Trial".

by Cat on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 11:43:22 PM EST
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As the coronavirus was reaching out to the Swiss and Italian Alps ...

Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference | Davos, Switzerland - Jan. 22, 2020|

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Please come on up, Roberto and Larry.  Robert, Steve, come on up.

Good afternoon.  We've had a tremendous two days here.  We'll be heading back right after this conference, and I've just concluded some additional meetings.  We've had a lot of them.  I think Davos has treated us really beautifully.  It's been a tremendous success.  Everyone is talking about America's unprecedented economic success.  It's really the talk of the town, so to speak.

Since my election, America has gained over 7 million new jobs.  The unemployment rate is now the lowest in over half a century.  The average unemployment rate for my administration is the lowest of any U.S. President in recorded history, which is very nice; we have some good ones.  We have some bad ones too, by the way.

Trump And Democrats Agree On $2 Trillion For Infrastructure, But Not On How To Pay | NPR - April 2019 |

Democrats Are Fighting the Right Battle Over the up to $2 Trillion Stimulus Package | Slate - March 21, 2020 |

Ex-Trump advisor Gary Cohn warns the US will have 'massive unemployment very, very quickly' | CNBC |

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 12:18:40 PM EST
Just now I watched an interview on CNBC with Kevin Johnson, Starbucks CEO, with 90 day COVID-19 business experience in China. Today up to 95% stores are open ... during the pandemic, up to 80% of the Starbucks in China were closed!

Starbucks continues to take action in responding to COVID-19,

... on Friday announcing the company would temporarily move to a drive-thru and delivery-only model in the U.S. and Canada and pledging to pay partners until April 19 regardless of whether they go to work.

Here is the weekend's latest:

  • Saturday, nearly all Starbucks drive-thru stores scheduled to open did, with partners showing up to help each other and serve their communities.
  • Today, Starbucks field leaders received a letter from Rossann Williams introducing Starbucks Service Pay for those partners who are able and choose to continue to come to work. Read more about this and other current Starbucks partner benefits during COVID-19, here.

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 02:15:13 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 02:44:09 PM EST
AMGA - Make Corporate America Great Again ... trickle down wealth to supplement low wages? Higher wages US workers detrimental to corporate profit.

US shows willingness to remove tariffs on medical supplies from China | Straits Times |

The Trump administration signalled a willingness to remove tariffs on medical supplies from China as health authorities backed by United States businesses express an urgent need for more masks, ventilators and other equipment to suppress the coronavirus pandemic.

The US Trade Representative, in a statement late last Friday (March 20), invited the public, businesses and government agencies to submit "comments on possible further modifications to remove duties from additional medical care products".

The US Trade Representative (USTR) said the comment period will run until June 25 and won't replace the process to request exclusions from the tariffs. Comments submitted "are limited to comments on products subject to the tariff actions and relevant to the medical response to the coronavirus", the USTR said.

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 03:17:01 PM EST

Arizona man dies after attempting to take Trump coronavirus 'cure' | The Guardian |

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 06:09:39 PM EST

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health provides a breakdown of its 139 cases on its website. Here's what that shows:

  • The majority of the cases, 81, are male.
  • The age group with the highest percentage of cases, at 37%, is people aged 18 to 40 years old.
  • People aged 41 to 65 make up 33% of cases, and those aged 66 and over are 30%.
  • Of the 139 cases, 25 are hospitalized.
  • Seven are in the intensive care unit.
by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 06:12:45 PM EST
Most likely his decision will be a Black Friday related to Mediëval times, certainly not one taken in the spirit of Easter ... let it be his crucifixion, not for thousands of Americans becoming victims of mass gatherings for Easter celebrations. TOO STUPID! 😎

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 06:54:14 PM EST
Trump wants to 'open' the economy by Easter despite the deadly threat of coronavirus | CNBC |

Judicial Watch -- Trump's Attack Dog

Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months | ABC News |

Cuomo says NY needs 30,000 ventilators, pleads with feds for help | The Hill |

TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE -- A RECIPE FOR DISASTER ... A SHIP WRECK WAITING TO HAPPEN

by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 09:22:15 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 08:57:33 AM EST
Daily Situation Report - Robert Koch Institute

Chronology: Germany and the Coronavirus | Berlin Spectator |

The number of cases keep on rising ...

The man with the white shock of hair in Room 4 of the intensive care unit wasn't able to breathe. But now, a tube has been placed in his throat and oxygen is flowing into his lungs. You can see through the window on the door to the room how his chest is moving up and down in time with the ventilator, 28 times a minute. The 83-year-old is fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

[Source: Are Hospitals Ready for the Coming Wave of Corona Cases? | Der Spiegel |]

Controled treatment with attention for compassion!

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 09:32:51 PM EST
No matter what the Commander-In-Chief believes ..,

"Full churches with Easter ... very special for me."
⛪ ️ 🕌 🏥 🕎

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 10:01:11 PM EST
Bergamo mayor criticizes The Netherlands for no lockdown policy | NL Times |

Giorgio Gori, mayor of the northern Italian city of Bergamo, criticized the Netherlands for not implementing a complete lockdown in the fight against the coronavirus Covid-19. "I say it with all due respect, but I think that a big mistake is being made in the Netherlands," Gori said during a Q&A with foreign press in Italy, the Telegraaf reports.

"We also made mistakes in Italy. We initially thought it was enough to take some light measures, such as calling on citizens to avoid large groups and keep their distance from one another. But that doesn't work. The only way to stop the virus is the total lockdown," Gori said.

[...]

The Netherlands' strategy in addressing the coronavirus is to "flatten the curve" - taking social distancing measures to slow the spread of the virus so that the healthcare system is not overloaded. At the same time, the health authorities hope that the Dutch population will slowly build up herd immunity against the virus. Which is why the authorities opted against a complete lockdown.

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 10:17:27 PM EST
Novel coronavirus found in wastewater | RIVM |

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been detected in wastewater in the Netherlands, according to RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment   research. A small percentage of patients with COVID-19 have the novel coronavirus in their gastrointestinal tract, and thus excrete it in their faeces.

Using molecular methods, the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in wastewater at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, in Tilburg and at the wastewater treatment plant in Kaatsheuvel. This plant treats the wastewater from Loon op Zand, the town where the first reported COVID-19 patient in the Netherlands lives.
From 17 February 2020 on, weekly wastewater samples were taken at Schiphol Airport. During the first two weeks, the virus that causes COVID-19 was not detected. However, the genetic material from the virus was detected in the airport wastewater samples taken  on 2, 9 and 16 March.

Protective measures

Previous research has shown that the protective measures that are already the standard for people working at wastewater treatment plants provide sufficient protection against pathogens. These measures are also effective against the virus that causes COVID-19. People who work with wastewater should avoid direct contact with wastewater, and should avoid ingesting, swallowing and/or breathing in wastewater spray or mist. During all activities that lead to possible contact with wastewater, they must wear personal protective equipment, including protective clothing, gloves, boots, safety glasses, a face mask and/or a FFP3 respirator mask. These protective measures for safe working practices involving wastewater are listed in the occupational health and safety catalogue of the water management authorities. Moreover, like everyone, wastewater treatment plant personnel must maintain good hand hygiene: wash hands according to protocol, do not touch eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, wash hands before eating and after each toilet visit, and use the inside of the elbow to cover sneezes or coughs.

Drinking water is not sewage water: 'It is not necessary to store bottled water because of corona' | Brabant Media |

by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 11:06:16 PM EST
Roche urged to share info with Dutch corona test labs: FTM | Dutch News |

The Volkskrant reported earlier that most Dutch labs use Roche testing equipment and that the shortage of lysis buffer - a liquid used to break open cells - is one reason why the Netherlands is not carrying out mass testing. According to broadcaster NOS, Roche has 80% of the Dutch market.

Meanwhile, health minister Hugo de Jonge has told parliament he is in talks with Roche about the recipe for making the liquid so that Dutch pharmacies can make it themselves and expand testing in the Netherlands. `Talks are underway. We are doing all we can to get the formula,' he said. The government has appointed Feike Sijbesma, the former chief executive of DSM, as its corona test expert. Sijbesma will focus on assessing and the availability of tests on the market and those being developed.

Roche corona test kits lysis buffer - a liquid used to break open cells

Traditional Methods of Cell Lysis

Several methods are commonly used to physically lyse cells, including mechanical disruption, liquid homogenization, high frequency sound waves, freeze/thaw cycles and manual grinding. These methods have been reviewed extensively in protein methods books.

QIAGEN, the largest manufacturer "based" in The Netherlands

Shortage of RNA extraction kits hampers efforts to ramp up COVID-19 coronavirus testing | Chemical & Engineering News |


Neuroscientist Michelle Monje filled the back of a car with RNA preparation kits after a call came out for donations at Stanford University.

Qiagen, an international company that makes a critical part of diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus, announced this week that it is ramping up production of their RNA extraction kits in the face of overwhelming global demand.

This shortage of supplies adds to the struggles of clinical labs in the US trying to test people for the virus, called SARS-CoV-2. As of March 18, there were 7,038 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, but public health officials say the actual number of infected people is much larger. Earlier this month, testing hit a snag when the initial roll out of the test from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contained faulty reagents. In response to the recent material shortages, labs have made pleas for donations of the critical kits, and the scientific community has responded.

The diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 involve looking for the virus's RNA in patient samples. To do that, the tests rely on a technique called reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), in which the viral RNA gets copied into DNA and then amplified many times for detection. But to isolate RNA from a patient sample, technicians must first use an RNA extraction kit, like the ones made by Qiagen.

RNA extraction is a delicate process--both cells and the environment around them are full of enzymes that degrade the nucleic acids. The kits used to do these extractions vary in exact specifications from company to company, but for the most part, they contain sterile buffers, solutions that break open, or lyse, cells, and a way of separating the RNA from the DNA, protein, and other macromolecules found in cells.

The kits, in general, have a few steps, scientists tell C&EN. First, the patient sample is mixed with a solution that lyses the cells. The resulting cellular debris gets removed, and the remaining liquid is treated with buffered solutions and filtered to isolate RNA from other molecules. The extracted RNA can then go on to the RT-PCR step.

Qiagen, based in the Netherlands, is one of largest of the companies that makes RNA extraction kits. Company officials have acknowledged that their current production and allocation is stretched and say that by the end of June, they will produce enough of their kits to power 10 million coronavirus tests per month.

Ooops ... Based in the Netherlands???

QIAGEN N.V. is a Netherlands-based holding company. Ahh ... one of the tens of thousands serving US as a letter box corporation to take advantage of tax relief.

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 04:12:03 PM EST
One cannot over-emphasize the function of FDA, CDC as market-maker in US, flowing from ill-conceived cost/benefit "analysis" of commercial tenders instead of optimal fit-for-purpose, ie. rapid ID and quarantine
archived: Thu Mar 19th, 2020

Preference for RT-PCR accuracy is over-kill, misplaced precision, in context of eliminating exposure risk to public health. OTOH, PH "authorities" have agreed, given inadequate clinical P&E support, to ignore or suppress public demand for utilization. The evidence was all around us from repatriation commencement, Jan 28; PR infantilizing differential self-diagnosis helped delay the inevitable, undeniable shortages of PEOPLE, PROCESSES, THINGS actually required to "contain" disease pathology. Preference for market-solution--market failure--is the fatal error "survivors" will attempt to repress, as is the custom.

US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages

State and local health labs follow the technique first developed by the CDC, which calls for a specific genetic kit made by German [SIC] diagnostic firm Qiagen. Labs around the globe are reporting shortage of those kits.

Qiagen said this week it is trying to boost production from normal levels, which are capable of testing 1.5 million patients per month, to amounts that would allow for testing more than 10 million patients by the end of June.

by Cat on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 06:02:58 PM EST
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MPs in favor of forcing pharmaceutical to release recipe for coronavirus test | NL Times |

Several parties in the lower house of Dutch parliament are in favor of forcing pharmaceutical company Roche to release the manufacturing process and recipe of the coronavirus test they make, if this is necessary. This would make it possible for tests to be produced in the Netherlands, NOS reports.

There is a shortage of tests to diagnose Covid-19 in the Netherlands, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health confirmed in a letter to parliament. He also confirmed that one of the limitations is the availability of a proprietary lysis buffer fluid produced by pharmaceutical firm Roche for use with its machines. "Technically, we can manufacture this ourselves, but this is subject to regulations, and we must make agreements about this with the manufacturer," he said.

On Thursday Roche announced that it is increasing production. There is also another company that can provide coronavirus tests, according to the broadcaster. But the PvdA, CDA, and GroenLinks still want to increase pressure on the manufacturer, they said during a parliamentary debate on the coronavirus on Thursday. Other source: ThermoFischer Scientific.

Most MPs who spoke during the debate criticized the government's communication of new measures.

BREAKING: Roche Pharmaceutical Releases Lysis Buffer Formula for third parties

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 07:38:15 PM EST
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I sure hope no one in gov promised to compensate Roche for ahh involuntary humane potential profit losses. Time will tell, won't it.

by Cat on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 08:33:31 PM EST
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Roche Lysis Crisis: Pharmaceutical Vandalized After Coronavirus Test Criticism | NL Times |

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 02:22:17 PM EST
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Statement by Roche: Willing to share secret formula Lysis buffer with qualified labs ...

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 06:43:51 PM EST
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Latest numbers with % increase ...

In Press Briefing yesterday, Trump pointed to European allies, NATO and EU Im-/Export tariffs that totally frustrates US corporations ... "I will remember our allies" he threatens ...
Easter deadline: Christian leaders criticize premature economic resurrection

Stats to date: watch death rate per 1M population:
China - 2.36  0 %  [2.35] (final)
Germany - 3.2 +113%  [1.5]
USA - 3.31 +84%  [1.8]
UK - 7.0 +40%  [5.0]
France - 19.9 +56%  [12.8]
NL - 20.7 +67%  [12.4]
Iran - 25.4 +11%  [22.9]
Spain - 78.0 +56%  [50.0]
Italy - 124.2 +23%  [101.0]

The number of deaths in the US will likely total 30K by June.

Coronavirus map: Tracking the spread in the US and around the world | ABC News |

WHO sees the US as new epicenter of CoV-2 outbreak and China is busy with #FaceMaskDiplomacy.

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 07:05:12 PM EST
Trump has a message to our allies in Europe ...

Press Briefing - March 25, 2020

PRESIDENT: And, let me tell you, some of the people that took the biggest advantage of us: our allies.  You know, we talk about allies.  They took advantage of us in many ways, but financially as well as even militarily when you look at --

Look, I got -- if you look at NATO, the abuse that was given to our country on NATO, where they wouldn't pay, and we were paying for everybody.  We were paying -- now, because of me, they're paying a lot.  Now they've paid a 125, 135 million -- billion dollars more.  And then, ultimately, Secretary General Stoltenberg -- who, I think, you would say is maybe my biggest fan -- we got them to pay an additional $400 billion -- billion -- other countries.

And -- but -- but you know that.  And then there's the trade.  They make it -- they make it almost impossible for us to have a fair deal.  They know this.  They know I'm just waiting.  We have all the advantages, by the way.  It's going to be easy when I decide to do it.  But this isn't the right time to do it.  But we've been treated very, very unfairly by the European Union.  


Worse than PM Balkenende and FM De Hoop Scheffer with President Bush in support of the Iraq War.

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 07:20:00 PM EST
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The Dutch Government can't deliver on promised increase of 850 IC beds with ventilators.  Original number was 1050, so the promise was a total of 1900 IC Units. With a sudden surge in IC patients, the hospitals are getting into much trouble. All should have been foreseen ... my criticism on readiness of the British, American and Dutch authorities was on the spot.

Headlines Dutch papers today ...

Another thousand coronavirus patients discovered; 78 more have died | NL Times - March 26, 2020 |

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 07:59:04 PM EST
Dutch Authorities: Don't Count the CoV-2 Deaths

One of the few TV programs willing to do investigative journalism is the Labour party's leftwing VARA Zembla ...

Hiding the corona bodies in Southern province of Brabant where the CoV-2 infections have overwhelmed the hospitals.

GPs: Patients who have died with clear symptoms of coronavirus can not be reported to RIVM and are missing in the official count

[...]

A serious matter

General practitioner Angela van Uden from Sint-Oedenrode: "I think it's a crazy state of affairs. As general practitioners, we also see people who are deathly ill in the home situation. Not everyone ends up in the hospital. If these people die at home, they are not counted if they have not been tested. I think that's a bad thing. Precisely because RIVM said yesterday that the situation appears to be stabilizing. They base this on mortality rates and hospital admissions, among other things. But we general practitioners see and treat people who do not appear in these figures. I am afraid that people will ignore the strict measures, and think: it is not so bad. But it is not easy."

A spokesperson for RIVM confirms that the death rate is based only on confirmed cases of COVID-19. Suspicions of corona are not included in this, because then the figures would give a distorted picture. After all, someone can also have died of "ordinary" influenza: flu.

SHAMEFUL OF DUTCH LEADERSHIP

by Oui on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 09:25:43 PM EST
In case of an COVID-19 infection, do you want to be treated in the hospital, or do you prefer to stay in quarantine at home.

Dutch Hospitals to Reach ICU Bed Capacity by Sunday

Dutch hospitals will probably reach full capacity of intensive care unit beds on Sunday due to the pandemic, local newspaper Trouw writes, citing numbers from a medical association. The government is currently in talks with Germany to see if it can transfer intensive-care patients. Doctors have also started calling (early reports mentions a letter sent to) elderly people at home to ask if they want to be treated in the hospital or at home if they get Covid-19, causing panic among older citizens, newspaper Telegraaf reported.

Later, Royal Philips NV delivered the first 100 of 1,000 ventilators to the Netherlands from the U.S. The devices will help to increase the number of ICU beds.

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by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 03:16:43 PM EST
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European Stability Mechanism (EMS), the emergency fund ...

PM Rutte continuing where he left off, doing as if all is well, steering a boat making water ...

PM RUTTE DENIES BLOCKING EU EMERGENCY FUND FOR COVID-19 OUT OF SELFISHNESS | NL Times |

Club Med takes on the Frugals in EU 'corona bond' bailout battle | Reuters |

Virtual summit, real acrimony: EU leaders clash over `corona bonds' | Politico |

The dispute took EU leaders to the edge of a political debacle, with a complete breakdown averted only through an agreement brokered by European Council President Charles Michel for leaders to return to the debate in two weeks, when they will consider formal proposals from eurozone finance ministers.

Still, the leaders' meeting, which was intended to showcase the bloc's unity, instead highlighted bitter divisions, fueled by lingering resentment over the handling of the eurozone debt crisis a decade ago, and by more recent and raw fury over the initial unwillingness of other EU capitals to come to Italy's aid with medical equipment.

Von der Leyen slams 'only for me' coronavirus response | Politico |

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen excoriated EU member countries for failing to coordinate their initial response to the coronavirus outbreak, especially with regard to sharing medical supplies.

"When Europe really needed to be there for each other, too many initially looked out for themselves. When Europe really needed an all-for-one-spirit, too many initially gave an only-for-me response," von der Leyen told the Parliament's plenary session Thursday. "When Europe really needed to prove that this is not only a fair weather union, too many refused to share their umbrella."

Government failed in negotiations with Roche Pharmaceuticals to deliver on lysis buffer formula ...

Big Pharma Roche playing the negotiations game on coronatest | Telegraaf |

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 08:29:02 AM EST
by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 02:44:01 PM EST
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NL: Highest number of deaths registered in a single day | NL Times |

A total of 112 people in the Netherlands died of coronavirus Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, public health institute RIVM said on Friday. This is the highest number of deaths in a single day the Netherlands has seen yet and brings the total number of coronavirus deaths to 546.

The Netherlands now counts a total of 8,603 Covid-19 patients, that is 1,172 more positive tests than on Thursday. A total of 2,500 of these patients were or had been hospitalized.

Despite the increasing number of daily coronavirus deaths, the RIVM thinks the government's measures to curb the virus are having an effect. According to the health institute, the infection figures would be higher without the measures.

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 02:40:40 PM EST
White House Gets Cold Feet Over $1B Price Tag For Ventilators From GM Even As Hospitals Plead For Supplies

White House was set to announce a contract with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce more than 80,000 ventilators, but had "second thoughts".

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 03:58:10 PM EST

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 04:51:10 PM EST
In NY nothing is impossible, so:

The evangelicals calling themselves "christians" already have Trump's back, elevated him to the enlightened one. A single call to Israel for Jewish support ... calling Prince Salman, who is still not under arrest ... Rome, Italy is under corona attack ... and Trump can acclaim:

"I've done what even Barack Obama never dreamed it could be done. America is great ... we have the greatest economy of the world EVER .. our military have just GREAT firepower, never before seen in history ... even more powerful when the United State was VERY big and powerful during the Great WAR when our troops beat all fascists and enemies of the world. We are great ... nobody dares to threaten us anymore ... never before were WE so great ...MAGA ... we've fixed that!!"

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 05:12:40 PM EST
Coronavirus mapped: which countries have the most cases and deaths? | The Guardian |

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 05:39:43 PM EST
Truly Mark ... in your hands of colonial thinking, the Brazilian rain forests wouldn't survive.

 BOLSONARO -- TRUMP -- JOHNSON

Dutch PM Mark Rutte delays climate change as economic recession does the trick for him ...

Cabinet delays climate change plans, corona measures cut air pollution | Dutch News |

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 06:47:59 PM EST
A House Divided -- The Impending Crisis

$2T Coronavirus Relief Bill -- signing ceremony ...

No Democrats Invited!

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 09:01:23 PM EST

by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 09:18:54 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 09:58:25 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 09:59:54 PM EST
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More likely Admiral Churchill at the Dardanelles in 1915-16 ...

Winston Churchill's World War Disaster

Trump's narcissism has taken a new twist. And now he has American blood on his hands | The Guardian - Opinion |

by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 06:35:25 AM EST
First Lord Churchill sought to move quickly and decisively, and was stymied by others not under his control who offered inadequate resources and moved too slowly. I have no idea if Churchill would have been successful if the plan had been executed as he wished, but the faults are the opposite of Trump's: having no clear idea what he is up to, and resisting experts who actually want to lead.
by Andhakari on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 07:16:00 AM EST
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It's Boris and Donald who are anxious to wear the clothes of Winston ...

How Dare You!

That's why I mentioned the Young Winston 😉 ... the Boer War ... concentration camps, wealth of oil et al.

by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 07:45:26 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 04:28:30 PM EST

ER doctor who criticized lack of protective gear says he was fired | The Guardian |

by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 10:58:45 PM EST
Philips CEO Van Houten tevealed the Dutch government place an order for 200 ICU ventilators two weeks ago ...

Tonight the Health Minister explained thereis a need for an unexpected 2,500 ICU units in a fortnight. There are just 1,100 available. The miscalculation came when the average occupation on the ICU lenghtened to an average of 23 days per patient.

Making erroneous assumption and not permitting older older patients into Hospital treatment. Mark Rutte and the RIVM not counting all COVID-19 deaths.

by Oui on Sun Mar 29th, 2020 at 10:55:18 PM EST

USS Theodore Roosevelt -- Capt. Brett Crozier

Could also have been posted in my diary - Crisis In Leadership.

by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 09:22:01 AM EST
Of course only the Real Trump is permitted to act stupid on a daily basis - MODLY, YOU'RE FIRED!

US navy official apologises for calling captain behind coronavirus memo 'naive or stupid' | The Guardian |

According to several reports on Tuesday, Modly was told to apologise by the defence secretary, Mark Esper.

Modly sparked a leadership crisis at the Pentagon when an audio recording surfaced of a speech he gave to the crew of the aircraft carrier, in which he denigrated the commander he had fired for having circulated a memo calling for more help for his crew, who had been stricken by a coronavirus outbreak onboard.

by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 09:24:05 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 09:24:58 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 09:25:47 AM EST
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Mr. James E. McPherson -- Acting Secretary of the Navy

by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 05:17:25 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Apr 21st, 2020 at 07:08:38 AM EST
Weren't we supposed to mention who funds these reports? Your source says
Citing a local source in the North, the South Korean media outlet the Daily NK reported Monday that Kim underwent the surgery at Hyangsan Medical Center near Mount Myohyang in North Pyongan Province, an exclusive hospital for the Kim family, April 12, and has been receiving treatment at his vacation home nearby.
Daily NK
Daily NK is a recipient of funding from multiple institutions and private donors, including the National Endowment for Democracy, an NGO run by Carl Gershman and funded by the U.S. Congress.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2020 at 01:04:05 PM EST
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