Trump scapegoating of WHO obscures its key role in tackling pandemic | World news | The Guardian

The World Health Organization has a tiny budget – for which the US is in arrears – but experts have praised its response to the coronavirus crisis
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Totally self-serving and wrong

A Company Promised Cheap Ventilators to the Government, Never Delivered and Is Now Charging Quadruple the Price for New Ones — ProPublica

Royal Philips N.V. agreed in September to sell 10,000 ventilators to the U.S. for $3,280 each. It did not deliver. But the Dutch company just announced a new deal with the government. This time, it’s charging roughly $15,000 each.

Source: A Company Promised Cheap Ventilators to the Government, Never Delivered and Is Now Charging Quadruple the Price for New Ones — ProPublica

The Virus Blame Game

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Closing Thought–08Apr20

Donald the Orange keeps doing what he does best…..avoid responsibility and blame others for his lack of action…..the Covid-19 is the perfect illustration……

Trump has blamed many for the rise of the virus…the media, governors, Dems and now he is blaming the World Health Organization (WHO)…..he has threatened to withhold funding……

President Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic, saying he had not seen them at the time. But he turned his anger on the WHO, first declaring that he would cut off US funding for the organization, then backtracking and saying he would “strongly consider” such a move, the AP reports. Trump said the international group…

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Politicians Call for Fewer Climate Protections During Coronavirus Crisis

Duh? Disregarding the tie between pollution and severity of Covid-10

German politicians have begun calling for industry to be shielded from too much environmental protection during the coronavirus crisis. But corporations aren’t joining the appeal. They managed to turn CO2 reduction into a competitive advantage long ago.

How did this coronavirus start? It probably came from bats, but how and why? – Science – ABC News

“Human interactions with live animals make a host jump more likely to occur,” Dr Geoghegan said, and live animal markets are a massive source of these interactions. “These locations can act as mixing pots, and you can have animals defecating, urinating, they’re stressed maybe, you’re bringing together the different species that may not be together,” Professor Hayman said. “And if hand hygiene and stuff like that isn’t optimal, then this is where you have the opportunity for an infection to go from one species to another, and that includes humans.” Dr Field said live animal markets are an absolute recipe for that kind of thing to happen. “You’ve got this mixing of species and this potential mixing of viruses in these animals that are under stress, sick and dying as they’ve gone from their wild environment to the market.”

Source: How did this coronavirus start? It probably came from bats, but how and why? – Science – ABC News

Hydroxychloroquine

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Now that is damn mouth full, right?

But what the Hell is it?

This is that drug that our president keeps promoting……but what is it used for?  I would like to add that it is untested as a weapon against Covid-19 and yet our president keeps throwing it out into the discussion…..why?

But first……

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments.

Hydroxychloroquine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. For prevention of malaria in adults, two tablets are usually taken once a week on exactly the same day of each week. The first dose is taken 1 to 2 weeks before traveling to an area where malaria is common, and then doses…

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