Biden Names Harris to Work With Central America on Migration

The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #cuellar-henry, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #foreign-aid, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Harris Visits Florida to Sell Stimulus Package in a Republican-Led State

The vice president urged Americans to get vaccinated and promoted programs like food assistance as the administration seeks to build public support amid partisan divisions in Washington.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #food-banks-and-pantries, #harris-kamala-d, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Chuck Schumer Stalls Climate Overhaul of Flood Insurance Program

Senator Chuck Schumer is objecting to a plan that would raise costs for some of his constituents by bringing flood insurance rates in line with climate risks.

#coastal-areas, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #schumer-charles-e

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On Mexico’s Border With U.S.,Desperation as Migrant Traffic Piles Up

Mexico is struggling to deal with a new wave of migrants expelled from the U.S. while even more come north hoping to cross. Shelters that were empty four months ago are now having to turn many away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #smuggling, #texas, #trump-donald-j

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Biden Administration Directs FEMA to Help Shelter Migrant Children

The agency will help provide basic care as criticism mounts over the treatment of the increasing number of young migrants who have filled detention facilities at the southwest border.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Expands Available Avenues to Get the Vaccine

The administration is sending vaccines to many more pharmacies, opening more federally run mass vaccinations sites and making dentists, medical students, midwives, paramedics and veterinarians eligible to give shots.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #vaccination-and-immunization

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One and Done: Why People Are Eager for Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is allowing states to rethink distribution, even as health officials and experts worry some will view it as inferior.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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In Quest for Herd Immunity, Giant Vaccination Sites Proliferate

A day at one mass site in Connecticut shows both the promise and the shortcomings of the approach, which is at the center of President Biden’s plan to bring the pandemic to an end.

#connecticut, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-hartford-conn, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Climate Threats Could Mean Big Jumps in Insurance Costs This Year

The federal government is revising rates for flood coverage on April 1. New data suggests premiums need to increase sharply for some homes.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #building-construction, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #first-street-foundation, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zoning

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Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist With Vaccines, Enlarging Federal Role

The move would be the first significant sign that the Biden administration is taking more control of a vaccine distribution effort that states are struggling to manage.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #national-guard, #reserves-military, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization

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New U.S. Strategy Would Quickly Free Billions in Climate Funds

Emergency management officials aim to funnel up to $10 billion into preventing climate disasters. The plan “would dwarf all previous grant programs of its kind,” one analyst said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Covid-19 Plan Is Maddeningly Obvious

You can’t help but wonder why the Trump administration left so many of these things undone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #pfizer-inc, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zients-jeffrey-d

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Early Biden Climate Test: Groups Demand Tougher Rules on Building

A new push for stricter rules in flood zones could force Biden’s team to choose: Increase construction costs, or leave people exposed to climate change.

#coastal-areas, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #flood-insurance, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #mccarthy-gina, #national-flood-insurance-program, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Eta Makes Landfall in Florida, Again

The storm had already flooded streets and forced several universities to cancel classes on Thursday.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #florida, #hurricane-eta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #rain, #tropical-storm-eta, #weather, #wind

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Trump Administration Rejects California’s Request for Wildfire Relief

The state had asked last month for federal aid to help recover from six of this year’s fires, including the Creek Fire, which is among the most destructive in state history.

#cal-fire, #california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fresno-calif, #los-angeles-calif, #mendocino-calif, #newsom-gavin, #recession-and-depression, #san-bernardino-calif, #san-diego-calif, #trump-donald-j, #wildfires

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Trump to Visit California After Criticism Over Silence on Wildfires

The announcement came after the president acknowledged a wildfire season that so far has claimed 17 lives and destroyed millions of acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #newsom-gavin, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

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A Climate Reckoning in Wildfire-Stricken California

If climate change was a somewhat abstract notion a decade ago, today it is all too real for Californians fleeing wildfires and smothered in a blanket of smoke, the worst year of fires on record.

#california, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #wildfires

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U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods

Using tax dollars to move whole communities out of flood zones, an idea long dismissed as radical, is swiftly becoming policy, marking a new and more disruptive phase of climate change.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #disasters-and-emergencies, #eminent-domain, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Medics Save Lives. Let Them.

The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.

#alabama, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #california, #conscientious-objectors, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #georgia, #medal-of-honor-us, #medicine-and-health, #national-guard, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #reserves-military, #tennessee, #texas, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps, #united-states-navy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #ventilators-medical, #virginia

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Extra $300 Stimulus Unemployment Payment: Who Will Get It and When?

President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags

With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Will Trump’s Executive Directives Provide Relief?

Because Congress controls federal spending, at least some of the measures will almost certainly be challenged in court. Or they may become moot if Congress reaches a deal.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #cuomo-andrew-m, #evictions, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-revenue-service, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mnuchin-steven-t, #payroll-tax, #pelosi-nancy, #personal-finances, #states-us, #student-loans, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change

Twin emergencies on two coasts this week — Hurricane Isaias and the Apple Fire — offer a preview of life in a warming world and the steady danger of overlapping disasters.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #east-coast-us, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #wildfires

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FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus

The controversy over inadequate protective equipment has come to embody what critics describe as a haphazard federal effort to protect the 1.5 million Americans who live in nursing homes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-resources-corporation, #masks, #nursing-homes, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground.

#biological-and-chemical-warfare, #building-construction, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doomsday, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Your Climate Disaster Tax Bill Is Growing

The federal government’s spending on calamities related to global warming is a rapidly rising fiscal threat.

#blackrock-inc, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-national-mortgage-assn-fannie-mae, #flood-insurance, #floods, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #moodys-investors-service-inc, #national-debt-us, #national-flood-insurance-program, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #taxation, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #weather, #wildfires

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The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong?

The technology was old, the data poor, the bureaucracy slow, the guidance confusing, the administration not in agreement. The coronavirus shook the world’s premier health agency, creating a loss of confidence and hampering the U.S. response to the crisis.

#american-public-health-assn, #atlanta-ga, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemic-intelligence-service, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #johns-hopkins-university, #national-institutes-of-health, #quarantines, #redfield-robert-r, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization

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Hurricane Season Collides With the Coronavirus

This year Floridians will have to weigh what is more dangerous — a storm or the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #quarantines, #stockpiling

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The Michigan Dam Failures Are a Warning

Many need repairs. Let’s fix them before climate-related flooding gets worse.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #great-lakes, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #michigan, #rain, #trump-donald-j, #whitmer-gretchen

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Virus Crisis Exposes Cascading Weaknesses in U.S. Disaster Response

Nonprofits are sending fewer volunteers. Local emergency managers risk being overwhelmed. FEMA is trying “virtual” assistance. And hurricane season starts June 1.

#american-red-cross, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #habitat-for-humanity, #nonprofit-organizations, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Will the Coronavirus Make the West More Vulnerable to Wildfires?

The fight against Covid-19 has disrupted preparations for the fire season.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #national-interagency-fire-center, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #buzzfeed-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #freedom-of-information-act, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #raimondo-gina-m, #sununu-christopher-t-1974, #ventilators-medical, #whitmer-gretchen

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Hospitals Struggle to Restart Lucrative Elective Care After Coronavirus Shutdowns

The nation’s medical centers were forced to stop offering many surgeries, and sustained severe financial losses. Reopening is a daunting task amid the threat of more infection.

#american-hospital-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergency-medical-treatment, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #oregon-health-and-science-university, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #recession-and-depression, #senate, #shutdowns-institutional, #your-feed-healthcare

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He Had Never Sold a Ventilator. N.Y. Gave Him an $86 Million Deal.

An engineer landed one of the state’s biggest coronavirus-related contracts after FEMA volunteers forwarded his name.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #new-york-state, #oren-pines-yaron, #ventilators-medical

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How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies

Roughly a dozen young, inexperienced workers were assembled to sort through tips on masks, gloves and other equipment. Warehouses were running bare, and doctors fighting the coronavirus were forced to make their own protective gear.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #masks, #medical-devices, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water?

Entire communities around the country face this terrifying virus without being even able to wash their hands.

#alaska, #arizona, #army-corps-of-engineers, #central-valley-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #infrastructure-public-works, #navajo-indians, #plumbing, #united-states, #water, #water-pollution

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Find a Vaccine. Next: Produce 300 Million Vials of It.

Scaling up the manufacturing of syringes and other medical products required to deliver a vaccine to millions of Americans will be just as important as the vaccine itself.

#biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #factories-and-manufacturing, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Why Politicians Aren’t Ready for Disasters Like the Coronavirus

Preparing for the worst saves lives and money, but voters are more likely to reward relief after the fact than they are careful planning.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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An Overlooked, Possibly Fatal Coronavirus Crisis: A Dire Need for Kidney Dialysis

Ventilators aren’t the only machines in intensive care units that are in short supply. Doctors have been confronting an unexpected rise in patients with failing kidneys.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #doctors, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #food-and-drug-administration, #fresenius-medical-care-agcompany-kgaa, #hospitals, #kidneys, #montefiore-health-system, #new-york-city, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical, #your-feed-healthcare

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FEMA’s ‘Air Bridge’ to Coronavirus Hot Spots Leaves Other Regions on Their Own

The federal government’s system of directing medical supplies for the hardest-hit regions has left areas out of the spotlight scrambling to prepare as the outbreak spreads.

#bullock-steve, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #hospitals, #masks, #montana, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Does a Dept. of Pandemics Sound Odd? Homeland Security Once Did, Too

Past crises have prompted major federal overhauls. Failings in the government handling of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to spur calls for another one.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #september-11-2001, #united-states-politics-and-government

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‘Swept Up by FEMA’: Complicated Medical Supply System Sows Confusion

The Trump administration’s new method for distributing medical supplies has led to charges of confiscation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #federal-state-relations-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #medical-devices, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #states-us, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Kushner Puts Himself in Middle of White House’s Chaotic Coronavirus Response

President Trump’s son-in-law has become a central player in the administration’s effort to curb the pandemic. But critics say he is part of the problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #kushner-jared, #trump-donald-j

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A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work

While President Trump has assured states that thousands of ventilators remain at the ready, thousands more are in storage, unmaintained or otherwise unusable.

#agiliti, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #health-and-human-services-department, #medical-devices, #states-us, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical, #vyaire-medical

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Governors Fight Back Against Coronavirus Chaos: ‘It’s Like Being on eBay With 50 Other States’

A chorus of governors from across the political spectrum is challenging the Trump administration’s assertion that the United States is well-stocked to test and care for coronavirus patients.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #dewine-mike, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #governors-us, #hogan-lawrence-j, #lamont-ned, #tests-medical

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Defense Production Act Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus

The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years. But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #medical-devices, #nationalization-of-industry, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #tests-medical, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical

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Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity

If the administration had reacted to the ventilator shortage in February, a private sector effort starting now might have made lifesaving equipment in mid- to late April. Now it is unlikely to be before June.

#3m-company, #central-intelligence-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #ford-motor-co, #general-electric-company, #hackett-jim, #masks, #medical-devices, #medtronic-inc, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Leaders Beg Public to Stay Home; Fed Vows to Buy as Much Debt as Needed

Spain’s health system is under strain as medical workers fall ill. A $1.8 trillion relief package is stalled in Congress. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” President Trump said.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #new-york-city, #olympic-games, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Trump Bets Business Will Answer Call to Fight Virus, but Strategy Bewilders Firms

It remains unclear if the effort to enlist companies like General Motors, Apple and Hanes constitutes an effective strategy.

#3-d-printers, #3m-company, #apple-inc, #center-for-automotive-research, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #defense-production-act, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-electric-company, #general-motors, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kushner-jared, #masks, #medical-devices, #navarro-peter, #shortages, #tesla-motors-inc, #trump-donald-j, #ventilators-medical

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Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded

Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #disasters-and-emergencies, #epidemics, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #influenza, #klain-ronald-a, #monaco-lisa-o, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #romney-mitt, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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