Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Another Lie from China about COVID-19 and the U.S.; Unemployment Rolls Shrinking Faster in States That Opted Out of Enhanced Federal Benefits, and other C-Virus related stories

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Another Lie from China about COVID-19 and the U.S.:
On the menu today: Chinese-state-run media spin a wildly implausible tale contending that COVID-19 is the result of a lab accident at Fort Detrick in Maryland; why reports of people being hospitalized with lung issues across the U.S. in the summer of 2019 do not indicate earlier outbreaks of COVID-19; and perhaps one of the greatest op-eds in New York Times history.
No, a U.S. Army Research Base Wasn’t Shut Down in 2019 Because It Leaked COVID-19
China Daily, one of the English-language wings of Beijing’s state-run global-propaganda networks, continues to insist that the most likely cause of the COVID-19 is a leak from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, four months before the onset of symptoms in the first recorded infected patient:
Too many suspicions have been aroused, too many mysteries are exposed, and too many questions are to be answered. The more data and evidence we obtain, the more urgent we feel to have a thorough investigation into the pandemic in the US, which has the most confirmed cases and fatalities. Yet, while the US politicians are busy clamoring investigation into other countries for the origins of COVID-19, they all fall eerily silent when inquired about the reason why Fort Detrick was closed right before the pandemic outbreak, and whether all the labs are in good operation status. They refuse to respond to a possible “WHO-convened global study of COVID-19 origins — the US part”. They are caught by another overbearing virus called “America exceptionalism”.
It is indeed true that in August 2019, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, in Fort Detrick, Md., halted its research operations, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined it had failed a safety inspection. The CDC determined that no infectious pathogens, viruses, bacteria, or other potential disease-finding material had been found outside authorized areas at the facility. “The suspension was due to multiple causes, including failure to follow local procedures and a lack of periodic recertification training for workers in the biocontainment laboratories. . . . The wastewater decontamination system also failed to meet standards set by the Federal Select Agent Program.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Unemployment Rolls Shrinking Faster in States That Opted Out of Enhanced Federal Benefits:
The number of people receiving unemployment benefits is falling faster in states that have opted out of extended federal unemployment assistance, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
States that announced an end to enhanced federal unemployment benefits in June saw a 13.8 percent drop in residents receiving benefits from mid-May through June 12, according to an analysis by Jefferies LLC. States announcing an end to federal unemployment in July saw a 10 percent decline in residents receiving state benefits over the same period, while states ending federal unemployment in September recorded a 5.7 percent decline.
Businesses in states with substantial unemployment benefits have struggled to attract low-skill laborers as they ramp up amid a consumption boom brought on by the end of pandemic restrictions.
“You’re starting to see a response to these programs ending,” Jefferies chief financial economist told the Journal. “Employers were having to compete with the government handing out money, and that makes it very hard to attract workers.” --->READ MORE HERE
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