A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.
Lev Facher"As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public"
Now that it’s clear a vaccine won't be ready by Election Day, Trump is hyping experimental therapeutics instead.
Lev FacherPresident Trump's closing campaign message: Basically, "don't worry about Covid-19, because if you get sick, we have great drugs to treat you."
Those drugs are experimental and not available to the public. >700 Americans still die of Covid-19 daily
STAT's first-of-its-kind analysis compiles political donations from the pharmaceutical industry across the 50 states.
Lev FacherAn exclusive new @statnews and @MoneyInPolitics team-up: We scoured campaign finance disclosures in 50 states to assemble an interactive map of every pharmaceutical industry contribution to nearly 2,000 state legislators' campaigns in 2019-20.
The monoclonal antibody treatment also appears to prevent patients from visiting the emergency room or hospital.
Lev FacherTrump says he has emergency authorizations teed up for Regeneron's antibody cocktail and similar Eli Lilly treatment. Interesting FDA optics issue: Lilly actually expects to submit its version for emergency authorization next month, via @matthewherper
Trump's experience is a world away from the stressful waiting game most patients wade through after a positive test.
Lev FacherFewer than 10 people have taken Regeneron's Covid-19 antibody cocktail outside a clinical trial setting.
One of them is Donald Trump, whose health care bears basically no resemblance to that of most Americans, via @caseymross and @priyanka_runwal
Public health experts have warned that testing is inadequate as a preventive measure without other baseline mitigation strategies.
Lev FacherNEW: The White House's strategy for preventing Covid-19 was testing, testing, testing. But without masks, or social distancing, or any meaningful change to behavior in the middle of a pandemic, public health experts say its failure was inevitable
President Trump spoke on Tuesday as if his campaign depends on a Covid-19 vaccine: Specifically, a vaccine approval by Election Day.
Lev FacherWhen the president tells white supremacists to "stand by" and urges voter intimidation, that is bad!
But I digress, another thing to pay attention to is his desire for a Covid-19 vaccine before Election Day
Trump pledged to send $200 prescription drug coupons to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks,” a nakedly political ploy.
Lev FacherNEW: Trump is spending nearly $7 billion in taxpayer money on a blatant ploy to buy off seniors, 40 days before the election, with $200 Rx drug coupons.
WH says the money comes from savings from a regulation that is not yet in force. w/@NicholasFlorko
Trump released an executive order Sunday that would drastically cut how much Medicare pays for virtually all of the drugs seniors take.
Lev FacherA transparently political move on drug pricing from President Trump: There's almost no chance any of these moves are finalized by Nov. 3, but the president now has 50 days to campaign on the aggressive regulatory moves @NicholasFlorko details