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“China has to cooperate with that transparency, access for international experts, information sharing that has to happen,” Sec. Blinken says on continuation of WHO probe into COVID-19 origins.
How would proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure package be paid for? Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says “there won't be a gas tax increase & we won't be undoing the 2017 tax reform bill,” citing plan to repurpose unspent COVID funding & implement infrastructure financing authority.
As G7 summit comes to end, @SecBlinken says President Biden “demonstrated that democracies can deliver in all sorts of ways to better the lives of our people,” citing commitments on global vaccination efforts and addressing climate change.
Former Biden senior advisor on COVID response @ASlavitt : “It's easy to see some of the technical mistakes we made as a country...we have to acknowledge that we also made some political mistakes. The culture of denying science, denying the virus & sowing divisions wasn’t helpful."
“You have to believe in science when there are things going on that you can't see with your naked eye,” @ASlavitt says. “This virus had a lot of properties spreading asymptomatically...it really required you to listen to scientists. We, as a country, had a tough time with this."
“The CDC is looking into cases of pericarditis. Is that something people should be nervous about?” @ScottGottliebMD : “I don't think people should be nervous about that right now...There have been ~12M people vaccinated between the ages of 18 and 24, and we have found 284 cases."
Amid revelations Trump admitted to downplaying #COVID19 here's what @robertcobrien told @margbrennan in February "There's no reason for Americans to panic. This is something that's a low risk" Days before, O'Brien reportedly warned Trump it'd be the "roughest thing you face"
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) likens GOP to “Titanic”: “We’re in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck, telling everybody it’s fine, and meanwhile Donald Trump’s running around, trying to find women’s clothing and get on the first lifeboat.”
Dr. Deborah Birx on #Covid19 #disinformation inside the #Trump White House: “I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made” she tells @margbrennan “Someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president" More on @FaceTheNation
“More has to be done” by the U.S. and its allies to address atrocities in the Tigray region, including systemic gang rapes of young girls, @USAmbUN says. "We have to make sure that the victims hear our voices, but also the perpetrators know that we are concerned."
NEWS: @EsperDoD tells @margbrennan he "didn't see" specific evidence showing Iran planned to strike 4 U.S. embassies, despite @realDonaldTrump saying an attack at multiple embassies was “imminent." Watch more of Esper's interview on @FaceTheNation today.
@VP Pence: "One of the elements of the genius of America is the principle of federalism, of state and local control..." @jdickerson : "The virus doesn't know federalism....this is a problem that requires a coordinated national result"
@RRMGOP responds to showi @CBSNewsPollg 57% of Republicans say the number of those dead from is ac #COVID19eptable at 175,000: "I think that is a really unfair poll..Republicans do not want to see people suffering from this pandemic."