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    [–] More than 40% of Republicans think Bill Gates will use a COVID-19 vaccine to implant a location-tracking microchip in recipients, according to survey Sarbat_Khalsa 38 points ago in politics

    A new survey by Yahoo News and YouGov has found that 44% of Republicans believe that Bill Gates will use the COVID-19 vaccination to implant a location-tracking microchip into the vaccine recipient, a conspiracy theory that has gained traction among fringe groups and conservative pundits.

    If this is not an example of Mass psychogenic illness, then I don't know what it is.

    [–] Former White House aide won $3M contract to supply masks amid pandemic Sarbat_Khalsa 99 points ago in politics

    Zach Fuentes, President Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, won the contract just 11 days after he founded a company to sell personal protection equipment (PPE) to help deal with the coronavirus. He secured the contract with the Indian Health Service (IHS) despite having no prior federal contracting experience.

    [–] CDC Advice On Surface Spread Of COVID-19 'Has Not Changed,' Agency Says Sarbat_Khalsa 8 points ago in Coronavirus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clarifying its guidance to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, hoping to clear up confusion over whether a person can contract the disease by touching surfaces that have the virus on them. The agency says "usability improvements," including a headline change on its web page about preventing viral infection, seemed to trigger news stories saying its guidelines have changed.

    [–] How one Indian company could be world's door to a COVID-19 vaccine Sarbat_Khalsa 8 points ago in Coronavirus

    If the world is to gain access to a vaccine for COVID-19, there’s a good chance it will pass through the doors of Serum Institute of India. Serum Institute, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, is working on several candidates for the novel coronavirus - including potentially mass-producing the AstraZeneca/Oxford university one that has garnered global headlines - as well as developing its own.

    [–] 6 months on, Trump hasn't completed his physical. The White House won't say why. Sarbat_Khalsa 327 points ago in politics

    It’s been more than six months since President Donald Trump claimed to have started his annual physical at Walter Reed hospital but the White House is declining to explain why he has yet to complete the yearly doctor’s examination.

    Senior administration officials did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment about the delay — despite Trump announcing this week he was taking an unproven and potentially dangerous drug after being exposed to an aide who tested positive for coronavirus.

    Questions about Trump’s health are newly relevant, given his announcement this week that he is taking hydroxychloroquine to ward against contracting the coronavirus. The president described it as a “two-week regimen,” which ends today. Trump has repeatedly promoted the anti-malarial drug as a coronavirus treatment despite multiple warnings about its dangers.

    The Lancet medical journal on Friday published the results of a large observational study, which found that hydroxychloroquine use is linked to increased rates of mortality and heart arrhythmias among hospital patients with COVID-19.

    Trump — in a previous physical conducted in 2018 — had been diagnosed with a form of heart disease common among men in his age group.

    [–] Billionaire Goldman Sachs exec says it's time to end coronavirus lockdown Sarbat_Khalsa 57 points ago in Coronavirus

    Lloyd Blankfein, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, is the latest billionaire to say it's time for average Americans to get back to work, even if that means more people could get sick from the novel cornavirus

    While the 65-year-old Blankfein is emerging as a leading spokesperson for the "reopen the economy" movement, he hasn't had a full-time job since retiring from Goldman Sachs in late 2018. A Twitter devotee and frequent public speaker, he weighs in regularly on socioeconomic issues and has fought the idea of a wealth tax for billionaires,

    LOL. Someone at CBS had fun writing that piece.

    [–] Judge Napolitano: Trump doesn't have right to override governors on church openings Sarbat_Khalsa 510 points ago in politics

    Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said Friday that President Trump does not have authority to force governors to reopen churches.

    "As ill-advised as these gubernatorial orders are, as essential as is the right to worship, as fundamental as it is, as absolutely protected by the first amendment as it is, the president does not have any authority to override the governors," he told Fox's "The Daily Briefing."

    [–] 1 In 5 Adults In England Think The Coronavirus Is A Hoax Sarbat_Khalsa 1 points ago in Coronavirus

    About 1 in 5 adults in England believe the coronavirus is to some extent a hoax, according to research on conspiracy theories by the University of Oxford.

    In addition, researchers found nearly 3 out of 5 adults in England believe the government is misleading them to some extent about the cause of the virus, and nearly 1 in 10 strongly agree that China developed the coronavirus to destroy the West — which is utterly false.

    [–] U.S. secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Sarbat_Khalsa 1 points ago in Coronavirus

    Ah, my bad. Thought you were replying to the comment about open source. I agree that if it’s going to (eventually) be distributed to everyone at cost, greedy and callous seems uncalled for. It’s just the fact that the US was able to secure such a large portion of the initial production by throwing money at Astra Zeneca makes me a bit ornery. Perhaps, instead of greedy and callous, we can just say that it’s rich before poor?

    [–] U.S. secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Sarbat_Khalsa 5 points ago in Coronavirus

    I’m sorry, if my initial reply seemed a bit brusque. I’m just confused about the open source thing- To me open source would mean that they release the formula of the vaccine free of cost and anyone should be able to produce it, anywhere in the world without having to pay any sort of royalty, ever. Is that the case here? Or is this exclusively licensed to Astra Zeneca and their chosen partners and only they can produce it? Perhaps I’m misunderstanding the meaning of “open source”.

    [–] U.S. secures 300 million doses of potential AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Sarbat_Khalsa 2 points ago in Coronavirus

    I’m sorry, I’m not trying to start anything. Apologies if it came across that way. I’m just confused about the open source thing- To me open source would mean that they release the formula of the vaccine free of cost and anyone should be able to produce it, anywhere in the world without having to pay any sort of royalty, ever. Is that the case here? Or is this exclusively licensed to Astra Zeneca and their chosen partners? I’ve done some digging and I can’t seem to find an answer. Maybe I’m not understanding correctly.