Federal Agencies Waited Months to Restock Medical Equipment before Outbreak

The U.S. waited until March to place bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies, the AP reported.

The U.S. waited until March to place bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies even as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak ballooned into a pandemic, the Associated Press reported Monday.

When hospitals in Washington State began to see a rise in coronavirus patients in February, the federal government was forced to send medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, which was created 20 years ago to prepare for a national emergency. In one case, Montgomery County in Alabama received 5,000 masks that had a 2010 expiration date and were unusable due to dry rot.


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Coronavirus Model Used by White House Changed to Reflect Decrease in Projected Fatalities

A coronavirus projection used by the White House has dramatically reduced its estimates, cutting the death forecast by 12 percent.

A coronavirus projection used by the White House to warn that the country could face between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in a “best case scenario” has dramatically reduced its estimates, cutting the number of hospital beds needed by 58 percent and the death forecast by 12 percent.

The IHME model, produced by the University of Washington, updated its numbers overnight to show that projected deaths decreased from 93,531 to 81,766, and the projected total bed shortage fell from 87,674 to 36,654, after projected hospital beds fell 45 percent from 262,000 to 141,000 and ICU beds decreased 26 percent from almost 39,700 to 29,200. While the model remained unchanged in estimating a peak of April 15, it also moved forward its projected date of under 200 daily deaths from June 3 to May 18.


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized for coronavirus


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19, was admitted to the hospital due to “persistent symptoms of coronavirus,” the BBC reported Sunday. A government spokeswoman described the move as a “precautionary step” that was “on the advice of his doctor.” Johnson, 55, has been isolating after being diagnosed with coronavirus 10 days…


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Trump claims ‘Corrected Fake News’ after Germany backtracks on ‘piracy’ claim


A Berlin official who accused the Trump administration of “modern day piracy” after 200,000 masks for Germany went missing has backpedaled and acknowledged that the supplies were ordered from a local company — prompting a “Corrected Fake News” tweet from President Trump. Andreas Geisel, the interior minister of Berlin’s regional government, said in a statement…


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Cuba will distribute PREVENGOVIR, new medication to prevent Covid-19


Havana, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuba will shortly begin distributing a new medication, PREVENGOVIR, an homeopathic immunological booster, among the island’s population to help prevent viral infections like Covid-19 and other common flus, Dr. Francisco Duran, Director of Epidemiology, announced on Sunday.


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Cuba applies the law to those who threaten people’s health


Havana, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Havana accused eight citizens of illegally stealing protective items for medical personnel, while Cuba is fighting the new coronavirus, local media reported today.

‘Fighting these crime which affect the health of our people: neither implacable nor tolerant’, assures the Prosecutor’s Office in an article published in Tribuna de La Habana newspaper.

The crime in question involves employees at a medical supply store, drivers and other delinquents who stole 455 cases of masks and other supplies with the aim of illegally selling them on the informal market.

In addition, during the investigations the authorities found more than 3,000 masks illegally transferred to a private home in the central province of Villa Clara, where there were also gowns, scalpels, suture threads, surgical clamps, and other medical items.

The eight defendants, who are in provisional detention for serious crimes, will have their rights and guarantees respected and, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, ‘the full force of the law will fall on them’.

This Saturday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel called for rigorous action against the social indiscipline of those who fail to comply with the measures adopted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that caused Covid-19.


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