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In a video on his personal Facebook, Michael Caputo, the top communications official at HHS, accused CDC scientists of engaging in “sedition” and warned of a “resistance unit” in the agency aimed at subverting President Trump. He also he urged Trump supporters to “buy ammunition.” (New York Times)
Meanwhile, House Democrats are planning to investigate how Trump-appointed officials at HHS — including Caputo — pressured CDC to alter its scientific reports. (Politico)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Tuesday, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 tally stood at 6,555,243 cases and 194,547 deaths — up 34,637 and 463, respectively, in the past 24 hours.
Pfizer’s CEO is sticking to a late-October readout of its phase III COVID-19 vaccine trial and says some Americans may get dosed by year’s end if the FDA allows it. (NBC New York)
But not until 2024 will there be enough doses to vaccinate everyone in the world, said the CEO of the Serum Institute of India. (Hindustan Times)
The U.S. government will no long conduct health screenings for international travelers arriving to the country, instead opting for educational strategies among others, according to the CDC.
While evidence against it mounts, more and more cities and states are giving restaurants and bars a green light to resume indoor drinking and dining. (Washington Post)
What COVID-19 herd immunity would look like, in comic form. (The Nib)
A federal judge ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) shutdown orders limiting gatherings and closing certain businesses were unconstitutional. (The Hill)
Like you’ve never seen it before: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will go on this year, but be a TV-only event with no marching bands and the signature giant floats pulled by vehicles instead of people. (Fox News)
Excess deaths in Russia during the summer have been three times higher than their COVID-19 toll. (Reuters)
Two large cities in the south of France are implementing stricter measures to control the pandemic as intensive care units in the region near capacity. (Reuters)
In Israel, a second lockdown ahead of religious holidays is being met with resistance. (CBS News)
Open-air classrooms, flannel-wrapped desks, sunshine: what an experimental Rhode Island school looked like in the winter of 1908 while combatting a tuberculosis epidemic. (Washington Post)
NFL coaches who don’t wear face coverings at all times during games could face league discipline. (ESPN)
With record-breaking job losses, Medicaid is seeing an expected and costly surge in new enrollees. (Washington Post)
In other news:
- CMS has killed the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule, Administrator Seema Verma tweeted; the rule would have cut Medicaid matching funds to states in certain situations.
- On a separate topic, Verma writes that accountable care organizations in Medicare under the administration’s “Pathways To Success” policies are leading to lower costs. (Health Affairs)
- Five people in Connecticut contracted Vibrio vulnificus this summer, apparently while swimming in Long Island Sound; the state had just seven cases involving the flesh-eating bacteria from 2010 to 2019. (New York Post)
- A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that women held at federal immigrant detention facilities were forced to have hysterectomies. (Law & Crime)
Last Updated September 15, 2020