Florida and Georgia, two states that were among the first to announce the reopening of businesses and public spaces, have come under scrutiny for the accuracy and transparency of their reporting on Covid-19 cases.
In Florida, Rebekah Jones, the official behind the state’s “dashboard,” a web page showing the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths, said she was removed from the project and questioned the state’s commitment to accessibility and transparency, according to Florida Today.
And in Georgia, data tracking Covid-19 cases has come under question after a misleading chart was posted on the Department of Public Health’s website with the dates out of order, suggesting cases were declining over time, according to an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Data not shared is dangerous. Virus researcher Dr. William Haseltine was on CNN Wednesday arguing we have to see actual data about the company Moderna’s vaccine trials and, separately, about the experimental drug remdesivir as a treatment.
In this era, as everyone races to figure out a vaccine and treatments, he said, we’re seeing science by press release.
“It is dangerous because you don’t know what has happened…
“It’s absolutely equivalent to a CEO of a publicly traded company saying we have had a fantastic quarter, and nobody gets to see the numbers…
“Would you believe a CFO with a lot of shares in that company… or would you like to see the numbers?
“Well, science and medicine has people’s lives at stake, not just money at stake… The fundamental aspect of science is being able to reproduce somebody’s results. You know what they did, you get the same result. That is the fundamental building of trust in medicine and science.”
Speaking of, vaccine czar will donate stock windfall — When Moderna released its press release saying it saw good results but without releasing data to go with them, the man President Donald Trump appointed to take part in his vaccine Manhattan Project had a very good day financially.
But that’s a huge conflict of interest. Moncef Slaoui, who once sat on Moderna’s board and is now attached to Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” will divest his millions in stock options at Moderna and donate profits from last week to cancer research.
Rising tensions between CDC leadership and the White House over the perception that the agency has been sidelined has been a developing story in the media for weeks. But now, mid- and higher-ranking staff members within the agency — six of whom spoke with CNN for this story — are starting to voice their discontent. Those six spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
“We’ve been muzzled,” said a current CDC official. “What’s tough is that if we would have acted earlier on what we knew and recommended, we would have saved lives and money.”
Keep it clean
Trump does what he does
Which I point out not as a I told you so, but rather as proof that it happens every single day without fail.
So who the heck knows.
A new word for the day
In a press conference on Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi said she’s talked to doctors to figure it out and she thinks the President might be a “confabulator.”
I like that word — “confabulator,” although neither Pelosi nor I are psychiatrists, so it’s inappropriate for her to offer a diagnosis.