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21 Mar
On #FaceTheNation, Trump's #WarpSpeed chief Moncef Slaoui now trying to claim credit for @POTUS @JoeBiden's success w/ #COVID19vaccinations.

Reminder: Trump wanted much lower $$ for #vaccines R&D. Congress went higher with $8.3B/rejected Trump's $2.5B.…
Another reminder: Trump had no idea #NIH & $MRNA had started on a #COVID19 vaccine in mid-January 2020 based on research funded by the @BarackObama administration.…

Trump himself claims he first heard of #coronavirus in late January.

#FaceTheNation #FTN
Also, NIH & U.S. companies were long into #COVID19 #vaccines R&D before Moncef Slaoui came on the scene with Operation #WarpSpeed.

Slaoui doing a lot of rewriting of history on #FaceTheNation today.

#FTN #COVID19vaccines #COVID19 #COVIDvaccinations #OWS
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19 Mar
.@VP @KamalaHarris notes trip to #Georgia was supposed to be about #AmericanRescuePlan. But then, Asian-Americans were attacked/8 people killed.

"And we were reminded yet again that the crises we face are many that the photos we face are many."

"#Racism is real in America."
.@VP @KamalaHarris: For the last year we've had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian-Americans. People with the biggest pulpits spreading this kind of hate.

#Georgia #racism
.@VP @KamalaHarris: A harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us.

The president and I will not be silent. We will not stand by. We will always speak out against violence, hate crimes & discrimination, wherever and whenever it occurs.

#Georgia #racism
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18 Mar
This happening today: Confirmation of @XavierBecerra to lead #HHS.

Will @POTUS @JoeBiden soon thereafter identify his nominee to lead #FDA?

#pharma #biotech
Also today, #NIH Fauci, @CDCDirector Walensky & #FDA Peter Marks are back on Capitol Hill -- virtually -- today along with @DavidAKesslerMD to testify this time at @HELPCmteDems on #COVID19 starting at 10amET… #COVIDvaccinations #vaccines #CDC
The House @AppropsDems Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies Subcommittee also examines #COVID19 outbreaks at federal prisons at 2pmET… #MaskUp
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16 Mar
At @WNCathedral, @NIHDirector Francis Collins notes he's been at his "home office where I have essentially been a hermit for the last 12 months trying to manage the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world."

#COVID19 #vaccines #COVIDvaccinations
.@NIHDirector Francis Collins: We all need hope at this time. But hope alone is not a strategy.

#COVID19 #vaccines #COVIDvaccinations #NIH #science
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5 Jan
.@DrNancyM_CDC on #COVID19 vaccinations: It's the early stages of the complicated task but a task we're up for.
These are new vaccines & new platforms.
Storage/handling/administering slightly complicated.…
#STATPlusConversations #vaccines
#STATPlusConversations .@DrNancyM_CDC: Now that facilities/hospitals have experience with #COVID19 #vaccines & holidays over, expect pace of administration to go up massively in next couple of weeks.

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5 Jan
Here's #WarpSpeed's Slaoui again #gaslighting.
No, it wasn't just 20M #COVID19 #vaccines doses "available" or "allocated."

Watch how Slaoui squirms when clips replayed of him, Azar, Trump all saying 20M vaccinated by end of 2020.

And then Slaoui goes on to lie again here.
#WarpSpeed's Slaoui Dec. 2: "We will be able to distribute enough vaccine to immunize 20 million people in the U.S. in December — that's 40 million doses."

They failed. They've not distributed those #COVID19 #vaccines doses.

It's Jan 5 & only 15.4M delivered/4.5 administered.
Does #WarpSpeed's Moncef Slaoui have any credibility left?

After Slaoui lies on national TV & then is confronted with clips of him stating he said 20M people vaccinated/immunized by end of 2020, he brushes it off with "So," & then lies again.

#COVID19 #vaccines
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4 Jan
Here's Alex Azar #gaslighting on #COVID19 #vaccines & also appearing to shoot down Slaoui $MRNA half-dose idea.

Azar/Slaoui vowed 40M doses - enough to vaccinate 20M - by end of 2020. #Christmas was always part of their schedule. They failed but want to make excuse after excuse.
How much confidence should Americans have when Alex Azar says he's surprised there haven't been more glitches with #COVID19 vaccinations & brushes off everything that's gone wrong as expected? Really?… #vaccines $PFE $MRNA
The commitment was to have 40 million #COVID19 #vaccines doses - enough to vaccinate 20 million people -"distributed" by the end of 2020, not "available" as Azar is #gaslighting today & Slaoui/Perna tried to do same at last week's #WarpSpeed briefing. Azar failed on delivery.
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3 Jan
.@SpeakerPelosi retains her gavel with 216 votes.

Dem Reps. Lamb & Golden voted for other people, while Reps. Slotkin, Spanberger & Sherrill voted "present."
House makes it official: @SpeakerPelosi elected with 216 votes to keep her gavel.

#117Congress #OpeningDay
So, in his House speech, is McCarthy going to say anything about #Georgia today?…
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3 Jan
The U.S. surpassed 350,000 reported deaths from #COVID19 last night.…

And Trump, Pence & Alex Azar are doing what about it today?

Where is the accountability for these deaths?

As of yesterday #CDC says 13,071,925 doses of #COVID19 #vaccines distributed but only 4,225,756 administered.…

Recall, Alex Azar pushed back against any additional funds for states to administer vaccines. #HHS was also slow to distribute #CARESAct funds.
Fauci on #ThisWeek: "There's no running away from the numbers."
"The deaths are real deaths."

Meanwhile, Trump remains in denial & continues to undermine #CDC's #publichealth experts.

#COVID19 #pandemic #vaccines
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22 Dec 20
Azar on @CBSThisMorning insisting it's important for him to get $MRNA #COVID19 vax today b/c he's a "leader."
Azar's wife tested positive & he's refusing to quarantine & he's been at photo ops/briefings.
Today, he'll be at #NIH, putting Fauci, @NIHDirector, others at risk
Is it leadership to refuse to quarantine, claim you're an "essential worker" to get around that quarantine, hold photo ops putting others potentially at risk, not to mention stepping in front of health care workers at #NIH to get $MRNA #COVID19 vaccine?
1 month left Azar at #HHS
Would it have shown better leadership to follow #CDC's advice, #stayhome & #quarantine after being exposed to #COVID19 & wait your turn to get $MRNA vaccine rather than stepping in front of critical health care workers?

Azar claimed he gets the shot today b/c he's a "leader."
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22 Dec 20
.@NIHDirector Collins, please answer this question:

Azar isn't following #CDC guidelines. His wife tested positive for #COVID19.

What example is Azar setting by potentially exposing Fauci, others at #NIH Tuesday - so that Azar can be part of the $MRNA vaccine photo op?
Azar has refused to acknowledge the deaths of 320,000 Americans from #COVID19 on his watch. Every time he's asked about it, he finds a way to turn the question into something all about himself/personal life or just moves on & claims victory with #vaccines/drugs, etc.
Now within days of his wife testing positive for #COVID19, Azar - who hasn't been quarantining & has been doing photo ops/briefings - will be at #NIH to get one of the first shots of $MRNA vaccine, standing near Drs. Fauci & @NIHDirector Collins.

Why is NIH allowing this?
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21 Dec 20
President-elect @JoeBiden got the $PFE - $BNTX #COVID19 vaccine at @christianacare, administered by Tabe Masa, a nurse practitioner & head of employee health services at the hospital.
@DrBiden got her shot of $PFE - $BNTX vaccine earlier today.
Meanwhile, #NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, @NIHDirector Francis Collins & @NIHClinicalCntr frontline workers will get $MRNA #COVID19 shot tomorrow morning 10amET. Azar also will get the vaccine. #NIH #vaccines
Keep in mind tomorrow when Azar is getting $MRNA #COVID19 shot that he has overseen this calamity, downplayed it, sidelined @DrNancyM_CDC & #CDC experts & refuses to acknowledge 318,000 Americans are dead on his watch.
He again ignored the number of dead during today's briefing.
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21 Dec 20
There's another #WarpSpeed briefing today at 11:30amET…

While officials declare victory with #COVID19 #vaccines, keep in mind nearly 318,000 Americans have lost their lives -- lives lost Trump & Azar refuse to acknowledge.

Reminder: 318,000 Americans have died of #COVID19.

Alex Azar refuses to acknowledge that at his briefings.…

#COVID19 #vaccines $MRNA $PFE $BNTX
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21 Dec 20
Unlike the ultra-cold temperature of minus 80 degrees Celsius required for the $PFE $BNTX #COVID19 vaccine, the $MRNA product can be shipped and stored at the standard freezer temperature, making it easier to be transported to small and more rural areas, Gen. Gustave Perna noted.
As of midday Dec. 20, about 2.84 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been distributed and 556,208 doses had been administered, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

$PFE $BNTX $MRNA #CDC #COVID19 #vaccines
Gen. Gus Perna said he was solely to blame for the miscommunication that led to last week's allocations of $PFE #COVID19 vaccine initially forecast to states to be significantly cut, while the company said it had millions of doses sitting in its warehouse waiting to be shipped.
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2 Dec 20
#FDA's #VRBPAC doesn't meet until Dec. 10 on $PFE/ $BNTX & Dec. 17 for $MRNA/#NIH vaccines. Does Meadows think he can really push FDA to move the dates up sooner?
What is Meadows & Trump doing to ensure states have enough funding to actually distribute #COVID19 #vaccines?
Maybe Topol needs to ask his friend @SteveFDA if that meeting went so well yesterday & Hahn stood up for #FDA then, why is Meadows & Hahn doing it all over again today?

#COVID19 #vaccines
It was just last week when @SecAzar insisted the "proof was in the pudding" about Trump & pressuring #FDA.

So, two trips in two days to the White House for @SteveFDA.

What kind of pudding are they making at the White House @SecAzar?

#COVID19 #vaccines
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