Sunday, August 30, 2020

Pelosi: Democrats 'not budging' on COVID-19 relief spending; A Covid-19 Vaccine Problem: People Who Are Afraid to Get One, and Other C-Virus Updates

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Nancy Pelosi: Democrats 'not budging' on COVID-19 relief spending:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday doubled down on her insistence that White House negotiators move their top-line numbers if there’s going to be any hope of reaching a comprehensive COVID-19 relief deal.
“We’re not budging,” she said. “They have to move. Why should there be a bill that has far less [than] what the public needs? They’re just going to have to come up with more money. … They’re coming in with an eyedropper.”
Democrats want Republicans to agree to middle ground figures between their $3.5 trillion proposal and the GOP’s $1 trillion plan.
Her comments come not long before the speaker is set to chat with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — who she referred to as “what’s-his-name” — Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Pelosi said the talk is just a courtesy of returning Mr. Meadow’s call. --->READ MORE HERE
Photo: Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The WSJ
A Covid-19 Vaccine Problem: People Who Are Afraid to Get One:
Scientists and drugmakers are beginning efforts to overcome Americans’ safety and other concerns about Covid-19 vaccines, while U.S. health authorities ready a campaign to encourage widespread uptake.
As vaccine candidates advance closer to U.S. authorization, health and industry officials want to make sure as many people as possible get vaccinated to reach the level, known as herd immunity, that would protect even people who aren’t immunized.
Yet large percentages of Americans, including those at high risk of contracting the virus, are reluctant, skeptical or opposed to taking a vaccine, according to surveys and researchers. Among the reasons: concerns about safety because of the quick development pace and government overreach.
Among those opposed include small but vocal numbers of people who are opposed to all vaccines, which they say are unsafe despite research proving otherwise.
And some Americans, including many who might otherwise support vaccination, express worry the Trump administration will greenlight a vaccine ahead of the November election for political purposes, before the shot is proven to work safely. --->READ MORE HERE

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