Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

Trump Pulls A Bolsonaro

by Oui Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 12:16:14 PM EST

VP Pence sees end of war on coronavirus ... WE'VE WON!

Pence Misleadingly Blames Coronavirus Spikes on Rise in Testing | NY Times |

On a private call with governors, the vice president played down new outbreaks, stressing that some states were seeing what he called "intermittent" spikes. Experts have warned it's not that simple.

More below the fold ...


.... even though testing data has shown that such a claim is misleading.

"I would just encourage you all, as we talk about these things, to make sure and continue to explain to your citizens the magnitude of increase in testing," Mr. Pence said on a call with governors, audio of which was obtained by The New York Times. "And that in most of the cases where we are seeing some marginal rise in number, that's more a result of the extraordinary work you're doing."

     

Global report: six US states report most ever new coronavirus cases | The Guardian |

New White House coronavirus communications strategy for Trump off to confusing start | ABC News - April 27, 2020 |

Speaking to reporters Monday morning, McEnany denied that the White House was looking to scale back briefings out of any concern that they were hurting President Trump politically. He has been pilloried for a series of false and inflammatory comments he has made at the lengthy appearances, most recently for suggesting an "injection" of disinfectant could help people ill from the novel coronavirus.

Rather, she said, the shift in strategy came about "because we're entering a phase of reopening."

“As you know, 25 states have reopening plans, 25 are in the process of issuing new reopening plans. We're entering a phase of looking to reopen the country. And with that the president will be focusing a lot on the economy,” she said.

On this side of the Big Pond ... BoJo’s struggling:

Display:

Documents Show Top White House Officials Buried | VOA News - May 9, 2020 |

The document, titled "Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework," was researched and written to help faith leaders, business owners, educators and state and local officials as they begin to reopen. It included detailed "decision trees," or flow charts aimed at helping local leaders navigate the difficult decision of whether to reopen or remain closed.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said Friday that the documents had not been approved by CDC Director Robert Redfield. The new emails, however, show that Redfield cleared the guidance.

This new CDC guidance -- a mix of advice already released along with newer information -- had been approved and promoted by the highest levels of its leadership, including Redfield.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 02:09:14 PM EST
Coronavirus task force fades from view as Trump White House moves on | ABC News |



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 02:16:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 02:22:53 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 05:01:52 PM EST
Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most Covid-19 cases and deaths? | The Guardian |

Nice ... stats with log scales! 🤠 Looks so much better for the US-Brazil-UK.

Top Ten countries by coronavirus deaths | BBC News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 05:14:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]
good reviw of John Bolton's book which can save you the bother of reading it...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jun 18th, 2020 at 06:50:04 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 19th, 2020 at 09:15:49 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 19th, 2020 at 11:02:02 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Jun 20th, 2020 at 06:03:10 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Jun 20th, 2020 at 06:09:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU considering blocking Americans from entering - report

The European Union is looking to soon reopen its borders, and it is reportedly considering denying entry to Americans because of how the US has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Times reports:

    That prospect, which would lump American visitors in with Russians and Brazilians as unwelcome, is a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump's handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.

    European nations are currently haggling over two potential lists of acceptable visitors based on how countries are faring with the coronavirus pandemic. Both include China, as well as developing nations like Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam.

    Travelers from the United States and the rest of the world have been excluded from visiting the European Union -- with few exceptions mostly for repatriations or `essential travel' --- since mid-March. But a final decision on reopening the borders is expected early next week, before the bloc reopens on July 1.

The report comes as nearly half of US states report increases in coronavirus cases after starting to reopen their economies.

EU may bar American travelers as it reopens borders, citing U.S. failures on virus

As his son-in-law so appropriately describes: "A nothing burger."

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 at 09:58:55 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 at 10:00:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Trump's catastrophic failure on testing is no joke | Vox News |

Fauci says coronavirus task force was never told to slow down testing, seemingly contradicting Trump

Fauci says he knows of no order to slow down coronavirus testing | CBS News |

    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he knows of no directive to slow down testing for the coronavirus, contradicting comments from President Trump, who has called testing a "double-edged sword" and claimed he ordered officials to cut back the number of tests.

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from Fauci and other top Trump administration officials who have been leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jun 23rd, 2020 at 10:20:32 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Coronavirus: EU considers barring Americans from travel list - BBC
The 27-member bloc must first agree the measures that non-EU countries should meet before deciding on a safe list.

The virus is spreading in the US, so it is likely Americans would be barred.

Brazil, Russia and other countries with high infection rates would also be left off a safe list, according to reports from Brussels.

The EU is not yet thought to have agreed how they will assess which countries meet health standards - one of the criteria for entry. Part of the problem is assessing reliable health data, reports say.

Latest figures from the EU's health agency, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, highlight Brazil, Peru, Chile, Panama and Saudi Arabia as countries with the highest "case notification rate".

Russia and the US have a lower rate of cases per 100,000 inhabitants but are still higher than most of Europe. The US has seen 2.3 million infections and 120,000 deaths and cases are climbing in several states.

* Top health officials warn of 'disturbing' new US surge

The European Commission is advising ambassadors only to consider countries that are comparable or better than the EU average when it comes to new infections, the trend in new infections, as well as testing and tracing.

by Bernard on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 06:12:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
As you expected:

US wants in as EU whittles down global travel list - Politico

But one Trump administration official said Washington is in touch with European capitals and Brussels about how to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Europe.

"The administration is looking at how to ... expand air travel where the peak of the coronavirus is passed. Initial efforts are concentrated with Canada and with Europe," the official said.

While the EU is desperate to ensure a coordinated approach, there are big divides within the bloc over whom to open up to and when, and the decision-making power ultimately lies solely with individual capitals.

Air travel between the U.S. and Europe is one of the most lucrative routes in the world, and airlines are keen to resume flights before the summer season. "The U.S. airline industry is anxious to resume service to Europe and internationally at large," lobby group Airlines for America said.

by Bernard on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 11:34:47 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Maybe. But if part of Europe has to go into lockdown again because of an American tourist, the politicians who gave in to the US might be in trouble...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 06:49:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I'd go for no one could have seen this coming. Here in beautiful Austria corona is officially over. Masks are rare outside of public transportation. In trains the vast majority still wears them though of course if you have to take a call in a crowded train you'll remove it, because that's just how Austria works. Anyway, all talk now is about the economy* and the debt, while the government pretends everyone is keeping the distance rules.

tourism* by rich Russian superspreaders presumably

** powered by cheap labor from Romania, where I'm sure the numbers are entirely trustworthy.

by generic on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 07:39:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It didn't work
I paesi che l'Europa ha inserito nella lista verde sono Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Giappone, Montenegro, Marocco, Nuova Zelanda, Ruanda, Serbia, Corea del Sud, Tailandia, Tunisia e Uruguay. A questi si aggiunge la Cina, inserita in fondo alla lista con un asterisco: Pechino entrerà a pieno titolo nell'elenco Ue solo se garantirà la reciprocità all'Europa.
But Italy isn't going to allow even these ones to enter, for now.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 07:21:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 02:49:26 AM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jun 24th, 2020 at 01:24:36 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 04:14:40 AM EST

 

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 12:27:06 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 12:28:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 09:20:33 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Jun 25th, 2020 at 11:39:07 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 10:25:34 AM EST
by Bernard on Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 09:06:36 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Level to which Sweden sank in a matter of months ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 06:03:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
alongside Moldova, Macedonia, Albania,

Has Greece complained yet?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 06:16:55 PM EST
[ Parent ]



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 02:15:28 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 10:39:11 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 10:46:54 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 11:04:51 PM EST
EU Borders Closed to Brazil, Russia and US

EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded | Reuters |

A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said. The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said.

Discussions were continuing overnight, with the EU countries expected to give informal replies by Saturday evening, people familiar with the matter said.

The European Commission had advised that the bloc first lift internal border controls and then gradually open up to outsiders. However, the first step has not gone according to plan.

Greece is mandating COVID-19 tests for arrivals from a range of EU countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation until results are known.

Based on ECDC data for the two weeks to Thursday, a range of countries are clearly in a worse situation than the European Union.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Jun 27th, 2020 at 07:19:12 AM EST



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 09:04:11 AM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 04:17:46 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 06:12:28 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 06:16:09 PM EST

NWSL: Megan Rapinoe praises NWSL players for kneeling during national anthem

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 06:39:13 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 06:19:16 AM EST
Short answer: this is not good.

by Bernard on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 10:15:27 AM EST
[ Parent ]
8 more states, including California, could be added to New York quarantine order



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 05:54:38 PM EST
Does that include Trump and his family?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 06:39:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
It would 😄

Trump & family changed their residence status to the State of Florida some time ago.

Trump decided to get out of the jurisdiction AG Southern District of New York.

Perhaps he will just avoid NY ... or claim he is living in DC, the 51st State of the Union.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Jun 30th, 2020 at 07:16:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 10:22:43 AM EST
New cases in the US have jumped from ~25,000/day and trending downward to ~45,000/day and trending upward following the end of lock down.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 01:00:22 PM EST
Well armed to attack the virus by injecting the Gilead medicine ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 02:01:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Contrary to the headline, the article says
Hill said there was a way for the UK to secure supplies of this and other drugs during the pandemic, through what is known as a compulsory licence, which overrides the intellectual property rights of the company. That would allow the UK government to buy from generic companies in Bangladesh or India, where Gilead's patent is not recognised.
It may be cheaper, too.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 02:19:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
A Bangladesh drugsmaker ...

Beximco Pharmaceuticals

Or indeed from India, etc ...

Gilead has signed non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreements with generic pharmaceutical manufacturers

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 02:43:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Gilead sets price for COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Gilead will charge between $2,340 and $3,120 for a typical course of treatment with its COVID-19 drug remdesivir, which has been shown to speed the recovery of patients hospitalized with the infectious disease.

Gilead claims its price for remdesivir is "well below" the drug's value, citing an estimate of $12,000 in hospital savings for each patient discharged early.

... ICER's analysis assumes remdesivir helps patients hospitalized with COVID-19 survive, a benefit that has not yet been proven.

Without a mortality benefit, ICER estimates remdesivir would only be cost effective at a price of $310.

Gilead's pricing for remdesivir will likely be compared to the low cost of dexamethasone, a generic steroid that was recently shown to significantly reduce the risk of dying among the sickest COVID-19 patients. Dexamethasone can be obtained at a cost of just a few dollars per vial, according to the World Health Organization.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Jul 1st, 2020 at 04:43:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Display:
Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]