US Reopens As Covid Cases Decline

US Reopens As Covid Cases Decline

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1 hr 28 min agoOrigins of Covid-19 need to be investigated in a broader way, former FDA commissioner saysFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS today that investigations into the origins of Covid-19 need to be conducted through both a national security lens and a scientific lens.

He said the initial investigation was based on science and an analysis of viral sequences.

“What is lost in this is that there’s a broader mosaic here,” Gottlieb said. “We have other information now that fits into this picture. The science is one piece of information, but there’s a lot of other information that points in the direction that this could have come out of a lab, that we need to have a broader view about the potential risks that this was a lab leak.”The scientific mindset, he said, looks at the virus, its behavior and its sequence and draws a conclusion.

“A national security assessment looks at that as one piece of evidence, but then looks at the behavior of the Chinese government, looks at the behavior of the lab, looks at other evidence around the lab, including the infections that we now know took place,” he said. “And that changes the overall assessment.”

Gottleib said some virologists are still just looking at the origin of Covid-19 through the lens of what the viral sequence looks like, even though that is just one part of the evidence. He said that’s partly why he thinks assessments need to be in the hands of national security investigators and not just the scientific community.

4 hr 14 min agoMore than 300,000,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the US, CDC data showsFrom CNN’s Naomi Thomas

More than 300,000,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to data published Saturday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The CDC reported that 300,268,730 total doses have been administered; about 81% of the 371,520,975 doses delivered.

That’s about 1.1 million more doses reported since Friday, for a 7-day average of about 937,669 per day.

About 51.3% of the population — 170,272,150 people have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 41.6% of the population–138,112,702 people — have been fully vaccinated.

To note: Data published by the CDC may be delayed, and doses may not have been given on the day reported.

4 hr 31 min agoUS to donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan, senator says From CNN’s Sophie Jeong in Hong Kong

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, gestures as he welcomes US Sens. Christopher Coons, Tammy Duckworth and Dan Sullivan at Songshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 6. Central News Agency/Pool/APThe United States will donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan as part of its plan to share vaccine doses globally, US Sen. Tammy Duckworth announced upon her arrival in Taipei on Sunday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

“It was critical to the United States that Taiwan be included in the first group to receive vaccines because we recognize your urgent need and we value this partnership,” Duckworth said at Taiwan’s Songshan Airport.Duckworth, along with Sens. Dan Sulliv

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