The World's opinion of the US & #Trump has plummeted, espec in Europe, due to American handling of #COVID19 . A new Pew poll across Europe, South Korea and Japan finds some countries see us more negatively than ever before.
In six key, powerful nations America is now held in the lowest esteem we have enjoyed in the post-WWII era: the UK🇬🇧 France🇫🇷 Germany🇩🇪 Japan🇯🇵 Canada🇨🇦 and Australia🇦🇺
Without exception, the @pewresearch survey finds America's handling of #COVID19 #pandemic ranks the lowest in world public opinion.
Favorable feelings about @realDonaldTrump have plummeted worldwide, according to @pewresearch survey, in lock-step with the bungled U.S. #COVID19 response.
It's deeply saddening to see America's world stature take such a huge dive. While many govts & populaces have looked at @POTUS #Trump anxiously since he took office, the #COVID19 impact is devastating. Once the leader of world science & health, the USA is now in disgrace.

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9 Sep
2/ On Mar13 #Trump tweeted that #COVID19 was less dangerous than the #flu.
But on Mar19 he told Woodward: "I wanted to always play it down because I don't want to create panic."
By then >2M cases were reported worldwide.
14,892 cases had been reported in USA, 52 deaths.
3/ On June 20 in Tulsa #Trump called #COVID19 "KungFlu" thereby blaming China for the #pandemic + likening it to "just the flu."
By then death rates were soaring, 2.1M Americans were reported with COVID & 125,000 Americans had died of it.
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2 Sep
Aug 27 letter from @CDCDirector to all Governors says the agency is, "rapidly making preparations to implement large-scale distribution of #COVID19 #vaccines in the fall of 2020" using a contractor (McKesson Corp). Redfield asks Governors to grant...
..McKesson full licensed access to sites statewide for mass #COVID19 immunizations, which must be "fully operational" by November 1st -- 2 days before the national elections.
This means mass vaccination nationwide could start in 59 days. FIFTY-NINE DAYS
Is any #COVID19 #vaccine likely to have completed Phase 3 safety and efficacy clinical trials, and gone through full scientific and @US_FDA review in 59 days? [Rhetorical question]
Read 5 tweets
23 Aug
None of the studies of #COVID19 treatment use of serum taken from survivors (aka convalescent serum therapy) show positive results, & @US_FDA has stopped approving its use.
But @realDonaldTrump will announce a breakthru tonight.
2/ This not new, just his insistence it works. No coincidence, I'm sure, that it comes on the eve of the #RNCConvention2020 putting a positive spin on the #COVID19 crisis.
Here's what we know about convalescent therapy so far.
It might work: MORE…
But on Aug 19 the @NIH & @US_FDA urged a hold on use of the treatments, citing lack of clear evidence that it is beneficial. And it is not risk-free.
Read 6 tweets
21 Aug
I truly detest 2020.
Now my beloved alma mater @ucsc has been evacuated, as one of the >300 fires in California caused by lightning strikes is roaring through the redwoods, just about 2 miles from the center of campus. It's 0% contained.
2/ UCSC students & personnel evacuated to the Boardwalk, in the foreground. The campus is in those hills, and this photo was taken several hours ago. There are actually 2 fires raging in the mountains at the same time.
3/These fires- - 100s of various sizes across California -- were sparked by unprecedented lightning storms amid extreme heat. These are #climatechange events: lightning like this has never before been seen in the region. Firefighters are stretched thin, frm San Diego to Solano.
Read 5 tweets
21 Aug
Postmaster #DeJoy is testifying before the Senate this morning. It's LIVE now. He started off by saying the elections will not be affected by @USPS changes, while noting that his time is short and he won't stick around for an afternoon session, as requested.
Under grilling, #DeJoy said there will be NO transparency -- he declined to commit to providing data to the Senate on mail-interruption planning prior to removing sorting machines, cutting @USPS staffing and eliminating post boxes. When asked how #COVID19 complicates...
3/...he indicated there was no data.
When asked what happened to the removed mail sorting machines, he said they were dismantled & sold for scrap -- no way to reinstall them.
#DeJoy admitted no @USPS analysis of impact prior to changes was done regarding... MORE
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7 Aug
Yesterday a bipartisan trio of Southern Mayors (Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans) addressed the @AspenSecurity summit, talking about #COVID19. They all expressed concern about handling hurricanes amid the #pandemic, given stretched 1st responders + poss spread among evacuees.
2/ Also yesterday @NOAA issued its hurricane season forecast, and it's dreadful…
Key points:
-“The outlook indicates an 85% chance of an above-normal season, only a 10% chance of a near-normal season”
-19-25 Named Storms, which includes the 9 named storms during May-July (earliest ever)
-7-11 Hurricanes, including 2 hurricanes to date
-3-6 Major Hurricanes (CAT3 or worse)
-Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) range of 140%-230% of the median
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