Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’

An Operation Warp Speed report last June flagged staffing and quality control concerns at Emergent BioSolutions’ factory in Baltimore. The troubled plant recently had to throw out up to 15 million doses.

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U.S. Bet on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted

The Baltimore plant that recently had to scrap up to 15 million ruined doses had flouted rules and downplayed errors, according to internal audits, ex-employees and clients. Other doses had to be scrapped last year.

#astrazeneca-plc, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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U.S. Bet Big on Covid Vaccine Manufacturer Even as Problems Mounted

The Baltimore plant that recently had to scrap up to 15 million ruined doses had flouted rules and downplayed errors, according to internal audits, ex-employees and clients. Other doses had to be scrapped last year.

#astrazeneca-plc, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Fiasco’ Damages Europe’s Credibility

The European Union’s failure to secure adequate vaccine supplies, followed by an export ban, has dented the reputation of the bloc’s leaders. It may also hurt their ability to act in other areas.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #europe, #european-commission, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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Where Europe Went Wrong in Its Vaccine Rollout, and Why

While Washington went into business with the drug companies, Europe was more fiscally conservative and trusted the free market.

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France Hired McKinsey to Help in the Pandemic. Then Came the Questions.

After previously undisclosed contracts were revealed, the company has become a magnet for criticism in France’s vaccine rollout.

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Ice Skating Ends at Central Park After New York City Rift With Trump

The skating season ended abruptly Sunday, a casualty of the decision to boot the former president’s business from operating the two ice rinks in the park.

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Can’t Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can’t Sell.

Health workers are still being forced to ration protective masks, but small U.S. manufacturers can’t find buyers, and some are in a danger of going under.

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Solidarity Is Not an Easy Sell as E.U. Lags in Vaccine Race

Europe’s collective vaccine purchase is an experiment in deeper integration. Despite a rocky start, many countries still stand to benefit, but it’s the most powerful who have least to gain.

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A No-Bid Contract to Track Covid Vaccinations Draws Frustration, and a Cease-and-Desist

The Trump administration awarded a no-bid contract to Deloitte to develop software to track vaccinations, but the system has flaws. A competitor has accused the C.D.C. and the company of stealing her idea.

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The Exponential Power of a $15 Wage Floor

Biden can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands with a single executive order.

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Fact-Checking Biden’s First Week in Office

All but three of 20 claims the president made were accurate, demonstrating his regard for basic facts and his proclivity to err when speaking off the cuff.

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Governments Sign Secret Vaccine Deals: Here’s What They Hide

Multibillion-dollar contracts give drug makers liability shields, patent ownership and leeway on delivery dates and pricing — and promises that much of it will not be made public.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coalition-for-epidemic-preparedness-innovations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #moderna-inc, #national-institutes-of-health, #novavax-inc, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.

Seeking to secure vital supplies, the authorities in the country maneuvered around anticorruption rules that require public disclosure of contracts.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Removing the Name ‘Trump’ Won’t Save a Golf Course in the South Bronx

As New York City moves to void its contracts with Trump Organization properties, one of them stands out as a problem no matter what name is on the sign.

#bronx-nyc, #golf, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

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‘Unacceptable’ Food Packages for Poorer Children Prompt Outcry in U.K.

Photos of the packages, which critics called meager and overpriced, circulated widely on social media, prompting the government to reinstate vouchers for parents to buy food, themselves.

#chartwells, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #great-britain, #lunch-and-breakfast-programs, #rashford-marcus-1997, #vouchers

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Will New York City Cancel Contracts for Trump Golf Course and Carousel?

The Trump Organization operates two ice rinks, the Central Park Carousel and a golf course. Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering canceling the agreements.

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Will NYC Cancel Trump Golf Course and Carousel Contracts?

The Trump Organization operates two ice rinks, the Central Park Carousel and a golf course. Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering canceling the agreements.

#bronx-nyc, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #new-york-city, #trump-golf-links-at-ferry-point, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #wollman-rink-manhattan-ny

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How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress

Union leaders and policy experts say the next administration could do plenty on behalf of workers through regulation and other powers.

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With First Dibs on Vaccines, Rich Countries Have ‘Cleared the Shelves’

The U.S., Britain, Canada and others are hedging their bets, reserving doses that far outnumber their populations, as many poorer nations struggle to secure enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #income-inequality, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

In a complaint unsealed on Friday, whistle-blowers working on President Trump’s wall said that contractors were illegally bringing in Mexican guards to protect construction sites.

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Military’s Role in Vaccine to Be Strictly Behind the Scenes

While no troops will be administering shots or dropping off doses, scores of Defense Department employees are involved in the effort.

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Israeli Panel to Look Into Submarine Scandal, Riling Netanyahu

A decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival defense minister, Benny Gantz, to hold an inquiry could further destabilize their unity government.

#gantz-benny, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #submarines-and-submersibles

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Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks

As the country heads into a dangerous new phase of the pandemic, the government’s management of the P.P.E. crisis has left the private sector still straining to meet anticipated demand.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #international-trade-and-world-market, #masks, #medical-devices, #medicine-and-health, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Policy Agenda Rests Heavily on Senate Outcome

Which party controls the Senate will largely dictate how ambitious President-elect Joe Biden can get on taxes, health care, climate change and other policy priorities.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #federal-taxes-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #high-net-worth-individuals, #presidential-election-of-2020, #stimulus-economic, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How VW’s Diesel Settlement Is Changing Fleets, From Schools to Seaports

A scandal led to a $2.9 billion trust fund for states to put cleaner vehicles on their roads. A lot of the money has gone to more diesel vehicles.

#air-pollution, #automobiles, #buses, #diesel-power, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #trucks-and-trucking, #volkswagen-ag

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Arrested, Tortured, Imprisoned: The U.S. Contractors Abandoned in Kuwait

Dozens of military contractors, most of them Black, have been jailed in the emirate — some on trumped-up drug charges. Why has the American government failed to help them?

#black-people, #defense-contracts, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #kuwait, #prisons-and-prisoners, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Attack on Diversity Training Stifles Racial Reconciliation Efforts

A presidential executive order banning the “malign ideology” of racial sensitivity training has rippled through government into academia and corporate America.

#black-people, #corporate-social-responsibility, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #minorities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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An Arms Dealer, an Ex-N.F.L. Player and Huge Federal Contracts for Medical Gowns

The Trump administration awarded hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of urgent work to small companies with scant experience.

#bird-bront, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-logistics-agency, #diveroli-efraim-e, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-supply-us, #jl-kaya, #lagardera-jose, #maddox-defense, #medlink, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #trump-donald-j

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Despite Claims, Trump Rarely Uses Wartime Law in Battle Against Covid

The president often criticized the Defense Production Act as anti-business. Now he’s campaigning on having frequently used the law to ramp up production of medical gear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #congressional-research-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #defense-production-act, #factories-and-manufacturing, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #law-and-legislation, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

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Investigation of Medicare Chief Exposes Underside of Washington

A yearlong investigation into Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showed the cozy relations that fuel the nation’s capital at taxpayer expense.

#centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #consultants, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #news-and-news-media, #porter-novelli-international, #public-relations-and-publicity, #republican-party, #stevens-pam, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verma-seema, #washington-dc

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How One Man Conned the Beltway

The billion-dollar “Black Budget” demands secrecy. That made it a perfect target.

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Trump Moves to Cancel Contracts for Government Sensitivity Training

A memo sent to agency heads on Friday called efforts that often focus on promoting awareness of racism “divisive” and “un-American propaganda.”

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Pentagon Sticks With Microsoft for Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon, a rival for the $10 billion contract, has complained that President Trump interfered in the process.

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Postal Service Has Paid Louis DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013

Documents obtained through a public records request showed the degree to which XPO Logistics, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former employer, is intertwined with the agency he now oversees.

#conflicts-of-interest, #dejoy-louis, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xpo-logistics-inc

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In Bid for TikTok, Microsoft Flexes Its Power in Washington

The tech giant, once an example of how not to operate in the nation’s capital, now has a successful influence operation there.

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What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

A tech start-up named for objects in “The Lord of the Rings” has become a major government contractor. But what it does is not easy to understand.

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South Africa’s Big Coronavirus Aid Effort Tainted by Corruption

As South Africans cope with hunger in the pandemic, government efforts at delivering relief have floundered amid widespread allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food, #food-insecurity, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa

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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

Under emergency coronavirus orders, the Trump administration is using hotels across the country to hold migrant children and families before expelling them.

#american-hotel-and-lodging-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deportation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hampton-inns, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention

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TeleTracking Technologies, Firm Running Coronavirus Database, Refuses to Answer Senators’ Questions

A private technology company that gathers data for a coronavirus database said a nondisclosure agreement with the Trump administration blocks it from discussing its $10.2 million contract.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronic-health-records, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #house-of-representatives, #nondisclosure-agreements, #senate, #teletracking-technologies-inc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Labor Dept. Lawyer Says Trump Appointee Intervened in Oracle Case

A litigator asserts that she faced reprisal after saying Secretary Eugene Scalia was set to settle a discrimination suit for a sum she found too low.

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Health Experts Warn About Perils of New Virus Data Collection System

An administration shift is putting a burden on hospitals and undercutting the integrity of data on the pandemic, current and former members of a federal advisory panel said.

#american-hospital-assn, #azar-alex-m-ii, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #kadlec-robert-p, #osterholm-michael-t, #trump-donald-j

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Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

The world’s largest vaccine producer, the Serum Institute, announced a plan to make hundreds of millions of doses of an unproven inoculation. It’s a gamble with a huge upside. And huge risks.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #family-business, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #horses, #india, #pune-india, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China Is Harvesting DNA From Millions of People. Is This the Future of Policing?

The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.

#australia, #biometrics, #california, #chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #europe, #forensic-science, #fujian-province-china, #gedmatch-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guizhou-china, #hunan-province-china, #india, #inner-mongolia, #kenya, #kuwait, #malaysia, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #thailand, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc, #tibet, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

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Why It’s Unusual That The U.S. Committed to Buying Millions of Coronavirus Vaccine Doses

Besides the fact that there’s no coronavirus vaccine yet, the government usually lets the private sector handle it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #pfizer-inc, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Novavax Won $1.6 Billion From Operation Warp Speed For Coronavirus Vaccine

Novavax just received the Trump administration’s largest vaccine contract. In the Maryland company’s 33-year history, it has never brought a vaccine to market.

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How Republicans Can Take the Lead in the Coronavirus Fight

The Senate can take a page from the market economies around the world that managed to fight the pandemic and safely restore normalcy.

#cassidy-bill-1957, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #republican-party, #senate, #texas, #united-states

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

Aid agencies are scrambling to get oxygen equipment to low-income countries where the coronavirus is rapidly spreading.

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