As Pandemic Recedes in U.S., Calls Are Growing for an Investigative Commission

Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to create a bipartisan panel, but a leader of the Sept. 11 commission thinks a nonpartisan effort would have more success in the current climate.

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Officials’ Missteps on Covid, Then and Now

Readers chastise health officials for not speaking out earlier, urge a slower reopening for New York City and propose a national day of mourning.

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False Reports of a New ‘U.S. Variant’ Came from White House Task Force

Reports of a highly contagious new variant, published on Friday by multiple news outlets, were based on speculative statements made by Dr. Deborah Birx.

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‘Covid, Covid, Covid’: In Trump’s Final Chapter, a Failure to Rise to the Moment

As the U.S. confronted a new wave of infection and death through the summer and fall, the president’s approach to the pandemic came down to a single question: What would it mean for him?

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The Pandemic’s Inhuman Demands

Emotional respite has become a scarce public resource.

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Scott Atlas, a Trump Coronavirus Adviser, Resigns

Dr. Atlas joined the White House in August as a special government employee for a limited term, prompting clashes with government scientists over his contentious theories.

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With Winter Coming and Trump Still in Charge, Virus Experts Fear the Worst

Regardless of the election results, President Trump will be the one directing the government’s coronavirus response as infections climb and winter approaches.

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White House Opposes Expanded Coronavirus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks

Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties. Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth.

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Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. on School Openings

Documents and interviews show how senior officials sought to play down the risks of sending children back to the classroom, alarming public health experts.

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Trump Pressed for a Plasma Treatment. Officials Worry, Is a Vaccine Next?

New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.

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Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

The Department of Health and Human Services told hospitals in April that reporting to the vendor, TeleTracking Technologies, was a “prerequisite to payment.”

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With Old Allies Turning Against Her, Birx Presses On Against the Coronavirus

Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, has found herself a woman without a country, denounced by Democrats and called “pathetic” by the president.

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Scientists Worry About Political Influence Over Coronavirus Vaccine Project

Operation Warp Speed has moved along at a rapid clip. But some people involved in the approval process fear pressure to deliver an October surprise for President Trump.

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Birx Says U.S. Coronavirus Epidemic Is in a New Phase

She and other top health officials in the Trump administration warn states of a deepening spread of the coronavirus, in both rural and urban areas.

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Mail Delays Fuel Concern Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead of Voting

The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.

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Trump Complains: ‘Nobody Likes Me,’ Abruptly Ends Coronavirus Briefing

The president lamented that his poll numbers were lower than those of his top science advisers. “It can only be my personality,” he said.

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Trump, Unleashed

What could possibly go wrong?

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Inside the Failure: 5 Takeaways on Trump’s Effort to Shift Responsibility

President Trump and his top aides sharply shifted their pandemic strategy in mid-April after seizing on optimistic data suggesting the virus would disappear, a Times investigation found.

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Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus

The roots of the nation’s current inability to control the pandemic can be traced to mid-April, when the White House embraced overly rosy projections to proclaim victory and move on.

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It’s Time, Dr. Fauci

A reader calls on the infectious disease expert to speak up and to resign from the president’s task force.

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New Numbers Showing Coronavirus Spread Intrude on a White House in Denial

Both President Trump and Vice President Pence seem oblivious to the new chapter in the pandemic.

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With the Federal Health Megaphone Silent, States Struggle With a Shifting Pandemic

As state and local governments confront a new wave of coronavirus infections, President Trump is sending mixed messages and Washington’s public health bully pulpit has gone silent.

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Pence Misleadingly Blames Coronavirus Spikes on Rise in Testing

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.

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As Coronavirus Infections Climb, Washington Moves On to Other Business

New cases are rising in almost half of the states. But in the capital, restless lawmakers and White House officials appear ready to focus on other subjects.

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As a Federal Coronavirus Expert Frets, the Capital Moves to Reopen

Like many areas around the country, Washington and its suburbs are embracing positive momentum in data on infections to push ahead.

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Trump Suggests Virus Death Count Is Inflated. Most Experts Doubt It

Senior White House and health officials have sought new ways to find the extent of infections and deaths, questioning whether official counts are inflating the toll of the virus.

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Haphazard Rollout of Coronavirus Drug Frustrates Doctors

Remdesivir was shipped to small hospitals even as besieged medical centers were denied access.

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Trump Blocks C.D.C.’s Coronavirus Reopening Guidelines

Detailed guidelines for reopening drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were blocked from publication after Trump administration officials labeled them “overly prescriptive.”

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Administration to Phase Out Coronavirus Task Force

The group had provided President Trump a backdrop for his daily briefings while working to coordinate the government response to the pandemic.

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Masks Become a Flash Point in the Virus Culture Wars

As people resume going out in public in the middle of a pandemic, to wear or not to wear a face mask has become a personal statement and sometimes a political one.

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Coronavirus and Reopening: Governors Say They Lack Tests as Trump Administration Says Supply Adequate

Democratic and Republican governors bristled at claims from the Trump administration that the supply of tests was adequate to move firmly toward reopening the country.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Total Number of Confirmed Deaths in U.S. Surpasses Italy

Some pastors plan to hold Easter services despite stay-at-home guidance. Many states will face daunting financial, logistical and personnel challenges to making mail balloting the norm.

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He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid

“It is hard to put fully into words what we are all grappling with as we navigate our way through this pandemic,” a hospital official said.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Signs $2 Trillion Relief Bill

President Trump, who had questioned the need for additional ventilators, pushes industry to make more. A new survey of mayors finds dire shortages of urgently needed medical supplies. And in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive.

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Coronavirus Live Updates: New York City Braces for a Deluge of Patients; Costs of Containment Grow

Officials warned that New York is experiencing a virus ‘attack rate’ of five times that elsewhere in the United States. Lawmakers in Washington edged closer to a deal on a $2 trillion relief package.

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White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll

Federal guidelines warned against gatherings of more than 10 people as a London report predicted high fatalities in the U.S. without drastic action.

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