The Hill's Coronavirus Report: BIO CEO Greenwood says US failed for years to heed warnings of coming pandemic; Trump: Fauci won't testify to 'a bunch of Trump haters'

The Hill's Coronavirus Report: BIO CEO Greenwood says US failed for years to heed warnings of coming pandemic; Trump: Fauci won't testify to 'a bunch of Trump haters'

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

> Trump cheers on governors who are reopening and ignoring White House guidelines

> White House blocking Fauci testimony to House: ‘Just a bunch of Trump haters’  

> US noticeably absent from worldwide virtual vaccine summit

> NYC health officials: Mysterious syndrome affecting children could be linked to COVID-19

> French scientists discover country treated coronavirus patient in December 

> Starbucks to open 85 percent of US cafes by end of week 

> Bipartisan senators & House members ally with chef José Andrés to introduce FEED Act to pay restaurants to feed vulnerable populations

> BIO CEO Jim Greenwood vows biopharmaceutical industry will do everything possible to make sure everyone gets needed therapies and vaccines

 

Children may not be safe from COVID-19 concerns. Fifteen children, many of whom had the coronavirus, have recently been hospitalized in New York City with a mysterious syndrome that doctors do not yet fully understand but that has also been reported in several European countries, health officials announced on Monday night. Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Tuesday morning that the “unusual phenomena” affecting children could potentially be linked to the coronavirus, demonstrating that “we don’t understand this virus well.” New York City health officials describe the condition as a “multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19.” 


Trump won’t allow Fauci to testify before House because it's “a bunch of Trump haters.” President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE on Tuesday said Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTillis appears to reinforce question about COVID-19 death toll Overnight Health Care: Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit | White House puts off action on surprise medical bills | Rising coronavirus cases spark fears of harsh winter NY health officials to review any vaccine approved by Trump MORE will be allowed to testify before the Senate next week, but that he would prevent the government's top infectious diseases expert from appearing before the House because he believes it's full of "Trump haters." (The Hill)



THE INTERVIEW

BIO CEO James Greenwood says U.S. failed for years to heed warnings of coming pandemic. Greenwood vows that biopharmaceutical firms will do everything possible to make sure everyone gets needed therapies and vaccines and says China, followed by the U.S., were slow to act on spreading virus

 

 

 

 


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THE HILL'S CORONAVIRUS REPORT

Welcome to The Hill's Coronavirus Report. It's Tuesday, May 5.

Editor's Note. 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, I spoke to Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOvernight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike Trump HHS official faces firestorm after attacks on scientists Ahead of a coronavirus vaccine, Mexico's drug pricing to have far-reaching impacts on Americans MORE (D-Conn.) who heard about crops being plowed over, milk being destroyed, piglets being aborted and more -– all at a time when vulnerable communities in the United States are going hungry. She teamed up with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonKate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House The Hill's Campaign Report: 19 years since 9/11 | Dem rival to Marjorie Taylor Greene drops out | Collin Peterson faces fight of his career | Court delivers blow to ex-felon voting rights in Florida Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district MORE (D-Minn.) as well as chef José Andrés, former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE to put together an action plan to save America’s stressed out food supply chain and connect it to the food programs that serve communities in real need today. This is a good news story. 

 

Another “maybe it gets better” story is that World Central Kitchen and Andrés have helped cobble together a bipartisan alliance with Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAuthor Ryan Girdusky: RNC worked best when highlighting 'regular people' as opposed to 'standard Republicans' Now is the time to renew our focus on students and their futures GOP lobbyists pleasantly surprised by Republican convention MORE (R-S.C.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike ThompsonCharles (Mike) Michael ThompsonHouse Democrats unveil green tax package The Hill's Coronavirus Report: BIO's Michelle McMurry-Heath says 400 projects started in 16 weeks in biotech firms to fight virus, pandemic unemployment total tops 43 million Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse passes legislation to boost election security research House Republicans investigating California secretary of state's contract with Biden-linked firm House Democrats' campaign arm releases ads hitting 10 Republicans on health care MORE (R-Ill.) to introduce today the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. According to a release on the effort, “This bill allows the Federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states and localities that partner with restaurants and nonprofits to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underprivileged children” who have suffered due to the coronavirus.

 

The question is why is this needed? Why can’t state and local governments get this sort of bridge built between restaurants willing to help and vulnerable communities now? The answer is simple. The finances of local and state governments are cratering at the moment — hit by the earthquake of surging public health expenditures and the tsunami of collapsing tax revenue while the economy is in a coma. Getting the federal government to foot the bill of this food will feed the hungry, keep some restaurants alive, and give some of that agricultural product — the milk, pork, corn and soy that DeLauro was speaking about — a channel to those who will buy and use that food. Congrats to Andrés for convincing both Republicans and Democrats to understand the need for this support now.

 

On Wednesday, José Andrés will be joining me for my daily Coronavirus Report interview.

 

– Steve Clemons


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CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

There are 3,628,824 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world. 254,430 have died from the virus. 

 

The U.S. is reporting 1,192,119 and 70,115 deaths as of the time of this newsletter. 218,011 reported cases in Spain. 213,013 in Italy. The U.K. is reporting 196,238 cases. 169,583 in France. Russia 155,370. 108,620 in Brazil. 99,970 in Iran. 83,966 in China. 62,052 in Canada. 46,476 in India. 23,216 in Sweden. 17,142 in Qatar. 16,268 in Israel. 1,799 in Iceland. 1,486 in New Zealand, where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared “victory” over the first wave of the virus. 

 

New York and New Jersey continue to see cases with rise with 321,192 and 130,690 cases respectively. 69,087 reported cases in Massachusetts. 63,777 in Illinois. 56,168 in California. 53,434 in Pennsylvania. 43,990 in Michigan. 37,439 in Florida. 32,879 in Texas. 7,850 in Minnesota. Nebraska is reporting 6,036 cases. 5,630 in Nevada. 1,226 in Maine. 621 in Hawaii. 145 in Guam. 

 

7,285,178 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the U.S and 187,180 full recoveries from COVID-19 have been reported. 



WASHINGTON WATCH

Trump cheers on governors even as they ignore White House coronavirus guidelines in race to reopen. States across the country — such as Texas, Indiana, Colorado and Florida — are moving swiftly to reopen their economies despite failing to achieve benchmarks laid out by the White House for when social distancing restrictions could be eased to ensure the public’s safety. These governors’ biggest cheerleader is President Trump who is hailing the broad economic reopening that health experts worry has started too quickly. (Washington Post

 

Bipartisan group of senators and House members ally with chef José Andrés to introduce FEED Act to pay restaurants to feed vulnerable populations.  Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in introducing the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. This bill allows the federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states and localities that partner with restaurants and nonprofits to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underprivileged children. These partnerships will support businesses and small farmers as the coronavirus pandemic continues. (The Hill)

 

Numbers keep going up! Trump runs into trouble with expectations game. President Trump is mired in controversy over projections about the total number of deaths from COVID-19. His detractors accuse him of pulling figures out of thin air, giving the nation false hope and seeking to boost his reelection odds. Trump’s defenders, however, assert he is simply fulfilling the traditional role of a president in trying to bolster morale during a crisis. (The Hill)


Pelosi slams White House for blocking coronavirus task force members from testifying: “They might be afraid of the truth.” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) blasted the White House's move to restrict officials leading the nation's coronavirus response from testifying before Congress, suggesting that the Trump administration "might be afraid of the truth." (The Hill)



LAWMAKERS TWEET

Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxHouse passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices Pelosi huddles with chairmen on surprise billing but deal elusive House fails to override Trump veto of bill blocking DeVos student loan rule MORE (R-N.C.)

@virginiafoxx House Democrats are complacent with inaction and indifference. China’s influence continues to grow. Americans are losing their jobs. Small businesses have growing weight on their shoulders. Meanwhile, House Democrats are nowhere to be found. We cannot allow any more delay.


Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

@SenBlumenthal Carnival must focus on making real, systemic change, not planning when they can set sail again. This pandemic highlights what many of us already knew—cruise lines require major health & safety reform.

 

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Oracle confirms deal with TikTok to be 'trusted technology provider' | QAnon spreads across globe, shadowing COVID-19 | VA hit by data breach impacting 46,000 veterans House approves bill to secure internet-connected federal devices against cyber threats House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (R-Texas)

@HurdOnTheHill If @RepRatcliffe had been in Congress during the time I was an undercover CIA agent & I’d had the fortune to meet him, I would have stayed in the CIA because I would have found someone I trusted to make our nation’s laws & support what we were doing.



ACROSS THE NATION

Coronavirus protests take aim at scientists, elites. After weeks of stay-at-home orders, millions of lost jobs and trillions in emergency government spending, conservative agitators have begun to turn their ire on the scientists themselves, blaming them for overhyping a health crisis and in the process creating an economic one from which it will take years to recover. (The Hill)

 

Push to reopen national parks sparks pandemic concerns. National parks are starting to reopen as they seek to balance public safety concerns with responding to the White House's push to start reopening sites. Ahead of the busy summer season for national park visits, the Everglades National Park in Florida reinstated access to some roads Monday. (The Hill)

 

2020 Edelman trust barometer spring update: Trust and the COVID-19 pandemic reveals a remarkable shift. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, government trust surged 11 points to an all-time high of 65 percent, making it the most trusted institution for the first time in the 20 years of study. Despite a 4-point increase in trust in business and several high-profile actions taken by companies and CEOs to help those in need, there is marked disappointment in how the private sector has performed during the crisis. This is a moment of reckoning for business, which must now deliver on the promise of stakeholder capitalism. (Edelman Trust Barometer Update)

 
How about mannequins at sports stadiums? In an interview with Peter Hamby of Snapchat’s Good Luck America, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said, “I don't think you're going to see crowds in stadiums. I don't know if you saw it, but in Taiwan they had their first games and they actually had mannequins in the seats. You may get virtual fans, but I think there's going to be enough challenges trying to get players to different cities. So I don't see crowds in our near future, but I think we can be innovative.” (Good Luck America)



WORLD VIEW

 

 

 

The world came together for a virtual vaccine summit. The U.S. was conspicuously absent. World leaders came together in a virtual summit Monday to pledge billions of dollars to quickly develop vaccines and drugs to fight the coronavirus. The online conference, led by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and a half-dozen countries, was set to raise $8.2 billion from governments, philanthropies and the private sector to fund research and mass-produce drugs, vaccines and testing kits to combat the virus. Missing from the roster was the Trump administration. (Washington Post

 

French scientists discover nation treated coronavirus patient in December. French scientists have identified the earliest-known case of COVID-19 in the nation: a patient was treated in a hospital near Paris in December, an indication that the virus has been spreading across the world for far longer than had previously been known. The doctors from the Groupe Hospitalier Paris Seine in Saint-Denis said a sample taken from a 42-year-old fishmonger, admitted to the emergency room on Dec. 27, had tested positive for the coronavirus. (The Hill)

 

This drug may cause birth defects. Japan’s pushing it for coronavirus. The supposed beacon of hope is an antiviral medicine known as Avigan, a Japanese-made medication with little evidence to prove it effectively combats COVID-19. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed the homegrown drug in news conferences and in meetings with world leaders, including a call with Trump and the other heads of the Group of 7 nations. (New York Times

 

Venice Film Festival surveys industry to gauge concerns, participation. Venice Film Festival organizers have sent a letter to a wide range of film industry executives to survey concerns and suggestions about the upcoming edition, which is still scheduled to run Sept. 2-12. The letter, which was signed by Venice’s artistic director Alberto Barbera, is meant to gauge how many filmmakers, actors and producers are willing to turn up at the event before a decision is taken at the end of the month on whether to hold this year’s event. (Variety)



SCIENCE

Fauci dismisses “circular argument” coronavirus originated in Chinese lab. Anthony Fauci shot down theories that the coronavirus was man-made or released accidentally from a Chinese lab. In a wide-ranging interview with National Geographic, Fauci said available research indicated the virus evolved naturally. (The Hill)

 

Pfizer and BioNTech dose first participants as part of global COVID-19 MRNA vaccine development program. Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the phase one/two clinical trial for the BNT162 vaccine program to prevent COVID-19. The trial is part of a global development program, and the dosing of the first cohort in Germany was completed last week. (Pfizer release). [See Steve Clemons’s recent interview with Pfizer chief scientist Mikael Dolsten here.]

 

Alnylam has its top pick for a COVID-19 drug. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Vir Biotechnology said Monday that, after evaluating hundreds of potential drugs for COVID-19, they have selected one to move forward into human testing. In theory, the drug would interfere with the genetic instructions the novel coronavirus uses to replicate. According to Alnylam and Vir, preclinical tests indicated that their drug, even at low concentrations, is highly potent against the virus. (BioPharmaDive)



BUSINESS

Consumer debt surged to $14.3T before worst of coronavirus crisis, Fed says. Household debt surged by more than $150 billion to a new record high in the first three months of the year, just before the worst of the coronavirus pandemic began to batter Americans' finances, according to the New York Federal Reserve. The results don't capture the full extent of the pandemic's impact because the data was collected through March 31, just two weeks into the virus-induced lockdown. (Fox Business

 

Venti please! Starbucks to open 85 percent of US stores by end of week. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said that more than 85 percent of the U.S. company-operated locations will be reopened by the end of the week, with modified operations and hours. The chain plans to have more than 90 percent of cafes open by early June. (CNBC

 

NFL announces release date for 2020 schedule. The National Football League will release its regular-season schedule on Thursday night as it continues conducting business mostly as usual amid the coronavirus pandemic. The schedule will be revealed in a three-hour telecast on NFL Network starting at 8 p.m. (New York Post



IDEAS, CAUSES, PASSION

If there was no cover-up, why is China opposing an inquiry? China insists it has been fully transparent and hidden nothing on the killer coronavirus, whose international spread from Wuhan has turned into the greatest global disaster of our time. So why is Beijing rancorously opposing an independent international inquiry into the origins and spread of the coronavirus? (Brahma Chellaney for The Hill)



GENEROUS SPIRITS

The Obamas to headline YouTube virtual graduation ceremony with BTS, Lady Gaga and more. YouTube is pumping up the 2020 virtual pomp-and-circumstance circuit with a video graduation ceremony, including commencement addresses delivered by former President Obama and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas are 'most admired' man and woman in world: poll John Legend: Americans may have to think about leaving country if Trump reelected Black stars reimagine 'Friends' to get out the vote MORE. YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” original special will feature other celebrities and notable names including BTS, Lady Gaga and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (Variety

 

Chance the Rapper hosting virtual award show for Teacher Appreciation Week. Chance the Rapper has a few surprises in store for educators across the nation in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. The Grammy Award-winning artist is hosting his very own virtual awards show, dubbed "The Twilight Awards," on his Instagram channel to surprise 10 teachers from schools in the U.S. and recognize them for their work. (Good Morning America



ICYMI: STEVE'S INTERVIEWS, 15 MINUTES EACH

> Steve interviews Sen. CHRISTOPHER COONS (D-Del.) 

> Steve interviews Edelman Public Relations CEO RICHARD EDELMAN 

> Steve interviews Rep. DONNA SHALALA (D-Fla.) 

> Steve interviews Rep. TREY HOLLINGSWORTH (R-Ind.) 

> Steve interviews former Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT 

> Steve interviews Rep. ROSA DELAURO (D-Conn.)



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