Friday, September 16, 2022

Report: COVID-19 Still Killing Hundreds of Americans Every Day Under Biden; Months in, Team Biden still can’t get the baby-formula shortage under control, and other C-Virus related stories

Report: COVID-19 Still Killing Hundreds of Americans Every Day Under Biden:
Under President Donald Trump, every coronavirus death was treated as his fault; under President Joe Biden, none of them are; but the fact remains that the COVID-19 virus is still killing hundreds — and, at times, thousands — of Americans each day.
The Wall Street Journal noted on Sunday:
The U.S. has recently averaged about 320 new Covid-19 deaths each day, and the average was above 400 before the Labor Day holiday weekend, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The rate is far below pandemic peaks, including levels above 2,500 a day during the Omicron wave early this year. But the country hasn’t matched lows closer to 200 a day reached during a lull last year.

Roughly 85% of people who died from Covid-19 through mid-August this summer were 65 or older, a Wall Street Journal analysis of death-certificate data show. The rate is similar to 2020 peaks, before vaccines were available. Deaths trended younger for much of last year.

Covid-19 is on pace to be the third-leading cause of death for the third straight year, said Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Since 2020, it has trailed only heart disease and cancer, significantly reducing life expectancy.
AP/Ted Shaffrey
Months in, Team Biden still can’t get the baby-formula shortage under control:
Team Biden just trumpeted that another flight carrying imported baby formula is on its way, this one from Australia. More formula for our nation’s babies is a good thing, but the announcement feels like this administration merely has its finger in the dike and isn’t dealing with the root causes of a broken market.
The average out-of-stock rate in stores and online last month stood at 61%, per Datasembly. The administration has yet to take full responsibility for the shortage while also taking a painfully long time to rectify it.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has dragged its feet, taking three months just to relax requirements for imported formula — even though it was an emergency and all the major European formula brands but one met FDA nutrient requirements. A vaccine to combat COVID took less time to be developed; at the same point into the pandemic as we are now at with the formula shortage, we almost had a vaccine emergency-use-authorization application done.
It’s so bad that even in its Monday “good news” press release announcing the newest flight, the administration points users to a website that doesn’t exist, delivering an “Error 404” message — the Internet’s version of “Womp, womp.” If doctors acted like the Biden team, they would lose their licenses.
The shortage is pretty simple to understand. First, the government shut down a baby-formula plant in February after several infants tragically died and one correlational data point was they were all drinking formula produced at the same plant. Formula produced at that plant was recalled, and the plant was shut down. The bacteria that caused the children’s illnesses, however, was not found at the plant. It took time get the clearance needed to restart the plant, and in the meantime the problem got worse. --->READ MORE HERE
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