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A group of nine prominent scientists who advised President Barack Obama have warned that the United States has only three months to replenish its stock of emergency medical supplies if it wishes to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus ‘autumn. In a seven-page report, the main author of which was the White House scientific advisor for Obama’s two terms, experts blame the Trump administration for failing to replenish the national strategic stock in preparation for a pandemic like the one we are currently experiencing. .

The EU coronavirus chief also warned Europe to prepare for a second wave, while another prominent American scientist, the revolutionary cancer and HIV researcher William Haseltine, said the countries had to work to contain the disease, not to mention the possibility of developing a vaccine. , who is “not at all a slam-dunk”.

Covid-19 deaths staggering racial divide




People line up at a food bank in Harlem, New York.

People line up at a food bank in Harlem, New York. Photography: Bebeto Matthews / AP

Black Americans die from coronavirus at three times the rate of whites, according to figures compiled by the non-partisan research laboratory APM. In some states, the racial divide is even more pronounced: in Kansas, for example, blacks die seven times more than whites. More than 20,000 African-Americans have died from the disease – nearly one in 2,000 of the black population in the United States.

As Lois Beckett writes, the government’s response to the pandemic has been skewed by racism, with the Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, apparently accusing the victims of the disease of their poor health:

Someone must have been held accountable for an American death toll close to 100,000, worse than the deaths reported in any other country. To keep the Trump administration blameless, someone else had to be blamed, and the administration now blamed the dead.

Trump threatened states for trying to facilitate voting




Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Photography: Leah Millis / Reuters

Nevada and Michigan are trying to make it easier for people to vote safely and by mail during the pandemic. Donald Trump therefore falsely accused the two states of facilitating electoral fraud and illegally threatened to suspend essential electoral funding. Trump voted by mail to Florida this year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Chamber from obtaining secret testimony from the Mueller inquiry grand jury, potentially keeping the previously undisclosed details of the Trump-Russia investigation out of hands. Democrats until after the November elections. And former Trump fixer Michael Cohen was released to serve the remainder of his home prison sentence amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in prisons.

  • Ukraine announced investigation into calls between Joe Biden and its ex-president when the two were in office. Heavily modified tapes of the calls were released by a Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani, in an apparent effort to embarrass Trump’s opponent in 2020.
  • Trump is planning a G7 face-to-face meeting. The president, this year’s G7 leader, previously proposed the June summit for a video conference, but now says he wants to welcome foreign leaders to Camp David despite the pandemic.

Did a Florida frontline nurse kill herself?




William Coddington at work at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

William Coddington at work at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Photography: Ronald Coddington / Reuters

William Coddington, a 32-year-old nurse who volunteered to treat Covid-19 patients on the frontline of the pandemic in Florida, was recently found dead in his car near the hospital where he worked in West Palm Beach. Coddington has battled opioid dependence for years and may have died from an overdose. But his family said he was also fighting fear, trauma and isolation from the coronavirus crisis, and may have killed himself as a result.

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Malkovich in the new comic series Space Force.

Malkovich in the new comic series Space Force. Photography: Aaron Epstein / Netflix

John Malkovich: “No one who knows me would believe me cold”

John Malkovich has been in over 90 movies, but he still works as hard – including Space Force, the new comic series Netflix. It may have something to do with the fact that he lost millions to fraudster Bernie Madoff. Fortunately, he said to Simon Hattenstone, “I still like to work.”

Kim Kardashian’s controversial masks

The reality star is just the latest celebrity to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis, with a range of non-medical masks in different skin tones, which has led to charges of “occasional racism”. The line between public health need and fashion statement is starting to blur, writes Morwenna Ferrier.

Opinion: the successes of the African virus are ignored

Many African countries have seen the coronavirus coming and have developed innovative strategies for testing, tracing and containment. But the rest of the world, used to patronizing Africa, has practically ignored its successes, says Afua Hirsch.

A condescending attitude towards East Asia is what has allowed European countries to be surprised by the spread of this disease. Now, a similar mindset seems to be established to ensure that we do not learn the lessons that Africa has to offer to overcome it.

Last Thing: invite a real party animal to your call Zoom




A Scottish alpaca farm offers animals like Zoom revelers.

A Scottish alpaca farm offers animals like Zoom revelers. Photography: Ronald Wittek / EPA

If you are tired of the monotony of Zoom meetings, why not invite an alpaca to party? Jessica Murray reports on the animal breeds you reserve to host your video conference.

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