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  • President Trump Please CREATE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER and Have the Ballots and Images from the 2020 Election Audited in Swing States Using the Jovan Hutton Pulitzer Method
    by Joe Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    President Trump PLEASE CREATE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER and Have 2020 Ballots and Images Audited in Select States Using Jovan Pulitzer Method We’ve requested this before.  Mr. President please create an Executive Order and have all the ballots and images of ballots audited forensically in the swing states so all Americans can see the audited results… The post President Trump Please CREATE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER and Have the Ballots and Images from the 2020 Election Audited in Swing States Using the Jovan Hutton Pulitzer Method appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • HUGE! Despite Total Media Blackout – 78% of Trump Voters Believe the Election was Rigged and Stolen
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    The media did all it could to ignore the stolen 2020 presidential election. Democrats and Liz Cheney lashed out at Trump voters who questioned the IMPOSSIBLE RESULTS and witnessed the numerous inconsistencies and instances of fraud. The 2020 election fraud has been well documented but COMPLETELY IGNORED by the mainstream fake news media. Mainstream outlets… The post HUGE! Despite Total Media Blackout – 78% of Trump Voters Believe the Election was Rigged and Stolen appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Wow! Mexico’s Socialist President Leads International Effort to Rein In Tech Giants After President Trump is Silenced Online – Something Democrats Cheered
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Mexican socialist President Andres Manuel Obrador vowed on Thursday to move against censorship by social media giants that have blocked US President Donald Trump from their platforms. Obrador is a committed socialist but sees the great danger in silencing free speech and is building an international coalition around the issue. Meanwhile, US Democrats cheered the… The post Wow! Mexico’s Socialist President Leads International Effort to Rein In Tech Giants After President Trump is Silenced Online – Something Democrats Cheered appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • “Anybody Can Put on a MAGA Hat” – FL Teacher Fired for Telling Students Antifa Was Involved in DC Riots — Which We Now Know Is True
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    A substitute teacher at Bok Academy in Lake Wales, Florida was fired after she told her students Antifa domestic terrorists were involved in the US Capitol riots. One student recorded the exchange and the teacher was later fired. When questioned by a student the teacher told the class, “Anybody can put on a MAGA hat.”… The post “Anybody Can Put on a MAGA Hat” – FL Teacher Fired for Telling Students Antifa Was Involved in DC Riots — Which We Now Know Is True appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Washington State Democrats Propose Legislation to Ensure They Win All Future Elections and Prevent Any Public Disclosure of Fraud Embedded in the Process
    by Joe Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    The House in Washington State is proposing a law to make elections less transparent so they can steal them into perpetuity.  They want to pass a bill exempting election security information from public records. The Democrats in the state of Washington are afraid of being caught stealing future elections like they did the last one. … The post Washington State Democrats Propose Legislation to Ensure They Win All Future Elections and Prevent Any Public Disclosure of Fraud Embedded in the Process appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • REPORT: Bail Fund Promoted By Kamala Harris Won’t Reveal Records Of Alleged Criminals They Bailed Out
    by Mike LaChance on Jan 15, 2021 at 7:53 am

    You may recall that during the left wing riots of last spring and summer, Kamala Harris promoted a bail fund to get people who were arrested in the riots bailed out of jail. It’s one of those inconvenient stories that the liberal media loves to ignore. Now the same organization is refusing to reveal the… The post REPORT: Bail Fund Promoted By Kamala Harris Won’t Reveal Records Of Alleged Criminals They Bailed Out appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Why Was the CIA Spying on American Citizens?
    by Larry Johnson on Jan 15, 2021 at 3:32 am

    It is illegal, or at least on paper it is, for the CIA to spy on American citizens on American soil. So why was the CIA spying on Mr. Edward Butowsky and/or Matt Couch? If you have read Joe Hoft’s excellent piece (see here) on the latest trials and travails of Ty Clevenger, an intrepid… The post Why Was the CIA Spying on American Citizens? appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • HUGE! CNN-NPR Photo-Journalist Jade Sacker was Embedded with Antifa Leader John Sullivan During Siege of US Capitol – Cheered “We Did It!” After Inciting Riot (VIDEO)
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 2:56 am

    From our earlier report —  Footage obtained by the Gateway Pundit from militant Black Lives Matter and Antifa activist John Sullivan’s Discord server shows the so-called “civil rights activist” reveling inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan.6 as he damaged federal property. Sullivan has maintained in multiple interviews that he regularly attends protests only to record… The post HUGE! CNN-NPR Photo-Journalist Jade Sacker was Embedded with Antifa Leader John Sullivan During Siege of US Capitol – Cheered “We Did It!” After Inciting Riot (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Biden Vows to Destroy Small Businesses with $15 Per Hour Federal Minimum Wage (VIDEO)
    by Cristina Laila on Jan 15, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to destroy what’s left of small businesses with a $15 per hour federal minimum wage. Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan which included a $15 per hour minimum wage, $30 billion in rental assistance and a ban on evictions and foreclosures until the end of September 2021. Democrats… The post Biden Vows to Destroy Small Businesses with $15 Per Hour Federal Minimum Wage (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • GOOD NEWS! Supreme Court Rules Against Universal Vote-By-Mail in Texas — Thieving Democrats Hurt the Most
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 1:38 am

    This is big news. The Democrat-Marxist plan to steal elections like they did in 2020 DEPENDS on mail-in voting schemes. It is well documented that the Democrats always do better with mail-in voting. It’s much easier to cheat that way. No doubt, this is the Democrat-Marxist plan for the future. They were able to steal… The post GOOD NEWS! Supreme Court Rules Against Universal Vote-By-Mail in Texas — Thieving Democrats Hurt the Most appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • BREAKING: In FOIA Request FBI Says It Never Looked at Seth Rich’s Laptop in Their Possession for Years – Does Anyone Believe This?
    by Joe Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 12:38 am

    In response to queries related to the Seth Rich case, the CIA has now refused to say whether it framed Russia in the Trump – Russia collusion scam.  In addition, the FBI says it never looked at Seth Rich’s laptop in their possession. We’ve been following the Seth Rich case for years as the MSM… The post BREAKING: In FOIA Request FBI Says It Never Looked at Seth Rich’s Laptop in Their Possession for Years – Does Anyone Believe This? appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • BREAKING: President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On Tuesday The Gateway Pundit got word that President Trump was going to declassify all of the Russian hoax investigation documents. We reported previously that Deep State operatives, including people inside the White House and ostensibly on “his” side, were urging the president to keep the information from the public. In fact, President Trump promised… The post BREAKING: President Trump Declassifies Russia Collusion Documents — Coming as Soon as Friday appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • BREAKING: Project Veritas: Twitter Insider Records CEO Jack Dorsey Talking Trump and Laying Out Roadmap For Future Political Censorship
    by Cristina Laila on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    A whistleblower inside Twitter recorded CEO Jack Dorsey and sent Project Veritas the recording. Jack Dorsey recently banned President Trump from the social media platform for ‘inciting violence.’ Project Veritas released video of Jack Dorsey laying out the roadmap for future political censorship — censoring Trump was just the beginning. “We are focused on one… The post BREAKING: Project Veritas: Twitter Insider Records CEO Jack Dorsey Talking Trump and Laying Out Roadmap For Future Political Censorship appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • BREAKING: FBI Arrests Antifa Leader John Sullivan in Utah After Storming US Capitol …Update: With FBI Affidavit
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Antifa-Insurgence leader John Earl Sullivan is in custody after being arrested in Utah on Thursday. As reported previously Antifa protester John Sullivan was caught on video posing as a Trump supporter during the rioting at the US Capitol last week. CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Antifa Protester John Sullivan Brags About Posing As Trump Supporter, Breaking Window… The post BREAKING: FBI Arrests Antifa Leader John Sullivan in Utah After Storming US Capitol …Update: With FBI Affidavit appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • “The Oligarchs [Are] Taking Control of Our Country.” – Rudy Giuliani on the Capitol ‘Frame Up’ Last Week and Big Tech Censorship
    by Joe Hoft on Jan 14, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Rudy Giuliani released a video yesterday where he discussed the set up at the Capitol last week and Big Tech censorship which is occurring against Trump supporters in the US today. President Trump Attorney and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, released another ‘Common Sense’ video yesterday.  In the video the Mayor discussed last… The post “The Oligarchs [Are] Taking Control of Our Country.” – Rudy Giuliani on the Capitol ‘Frame Up’ Last Week and Big Tech Censorship appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Delta Puts Utah Patriots Who Confronted Mitt Romney at the Airport on No-Fly List
    by Cristina Laila on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    Delta put the patriots who heckled RINO Senator Mitt Romney at Salt Lake City airport on their no-fly list, Fox 13 reported. Romney was confronted by Utah patriots en route to DC last Tuesday, ahead of the Stop the Steal protests. Prior to boarding, a woman walked up and confronted him while filming the encounter.… The post Delta Puts Utah Patriots Who Confronted Mitt Romney at the Airport on No-Fly List appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Protester with Confederate Flag in US Capitol Arrested in Delaware with His Son
    by Jim Hoft on Jan 14, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    In this photo Kevin Seefried was pictured with Antifa rioter Aaron Mostofsky, a registered Democrat, on the stairs in the US Capitol. Kevin Seefried and his son Hunter were arrested Thursday in Delaware. Kevin Seefried was pictured in the White House carrying a Confederate flag during the riots. Kevin and Hunter Seefried were within a… The post Protester with Confederate Flag in US Capitol Arrested in Delaware with His Son appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • FLASHBACK: Hundreds Of Violent Left-Wing Rioters Smashed Windows, Set Limousine On Fire In Washington DC During President Trump’s Inauguration In 2017; Government Later Dropped ALL CHARGES Against The Rioters
    by The Scoop on Jan 14, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    The liberal media doesn’t want you to remember this story. They want you to believe that the only violent protest in the history of Washington, DC was the one that just took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. On the morning of President Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, hundreds of radical left-wing… The post FLASHBACK: Hundreds Of Violent Left-Wing Rioters Smashed Windows, Set Limousine On Fire In Washington DC During President Trump’s Inauguration In 2017; Government Later Dropped ALL CHARGES Against The Rioters appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • Democrats Drafting Bill To Prevent Anything Being Named After President Trump
    by Becky Noble on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    As Democrat lawmakers celebrate their vote to impeach President Trump a second time, several of those lawmakers are attempting to take things one step further. Representatives Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Joaquin Castro (D-TX) are working on a bill that would prevent the naming of anything – including schools, highways, or federal buildings – after the The post Democrats Drafting Bill To Prevent Anything Being Named After President Trump appeared first on The Political Insider.

  • Big Tech Clowns Wipe Out $51.2 BILLION In Combined Market Value Since Banning Free Speech of President Trump
    by Patty McMurray on Jan 14, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    WOW! So far, over the last two trading periods, Facebook and Twitter have collectively wiped out $51.2 Billion in combined market value since the banning of the President of the United States from their platforms. Meanwhile, the removal of Trump supporters from their platforms continues with no end in sight. This time, however, the big tech bullies… The post Big Tech Clowns Wipe Out $51.2 BILLION In Combined Market Value Since Banning Free Speech of President Trump appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

  • America’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout is way too complicated
    by German Lopez on Jan 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. | Justin Tallis/Pool via Getty ImagesThe case for going simpler on vaccine distribution. America’s messy Covid-19 vaccination campaign should provide one overarching lesson for policymakers: Keep it simple. In the lead-up to the vaccine, federal and state governments established priority groups for the vaccine. In the very first phase, vaccines would go to health care workers and nursing home residents. After, vaccines would go to frontline essential workers, older populations, and people with medical conditions that put them at a greater risk for Covid-19. The list of people eligible would expand from there. It seemed simple enough, but then reality brought complications. Just giving vaccines to health care workers raised all sorts of issues: Do all health care workers get a vaccine? Does that include staff who never interact with any patients at all, or should other staff get priority? Do staff who regularly interact with Covid-19 patients get extra priority — and what does “regularly” mean? These kinds of questions have led the feds and states down to an enormously complicated process: “Phase 1” has been broken down into phase 1a, 1b, and 1c, and each state has built out its own definitions and guidelines for every step. The complexity has slowed things down. Out of the 30 million vaccine doses sent out by the federal government, only 11 million first doses have been administered. Even if states are holding half their supply for the second dose the current vaccines require (which the feds no longer recommend), that’s still millions of vaccines going unused. President Donald Trump’s administration promised the US would vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of 2020. The country has breached only half of that two weeks into 2021. Other countries are vaccinating much faster, eclipsing the US entirely or catching up after a later start. California’s health and human services secretary, Mark Ghaly, acknowledged the role of the state’s complex rollout, saying the state’s “really thoughtful” guidelines “led to some delays in getting vaccine out into our communities.” “I will say that certain states that have put a great deal of effort into coming up with their priority groups, watching how we keep a keen eye on equity, have been in the same place where California is,” Ghaly added. For some experts, the troubled rollout has led them to a piece of advice to US officials: embrace simplicity. Instead of trying to fine-tune theoretically perfect but increasingly complicated vaccine plans, US officials should give more priority to getting vaccines out as quickly as possible — even if it’s less equitable in theory (though not necessarily in practice, since more complexity often enables more gaming of the system). To put it simply: Worry less about whether the ideal population is getting vaccinated and more about actually vaccinating people. “A massive vaccination campaign won’t work with our current fussy and intricate criteria for who gets a shot and when,” Peter Hotez, a vaccine expert at Baylor College of Medicine, wrote. “We learned in 2020 that our health system simply cannot do complicated things.” That doesn’t mean opening the floodgates and letting everyone get the vaccine. For one, the limited supply of doses won’t allow that for some time. The idea is to find another, but simpler, standard. For example, age: Provide vaccines to older populations first, then work down to younger and younger people. This would still target those at highest risk of death — older age is a big predictor of Covid-19 fatality — and it’d be much more straightforward. Some states, like New York and California, have moved in this direction by letting people 65 and older get the vaccine. But these states aren’t stratifying this process within the 65-and-up group, and there’s currently not enough supply to meet the demand. A simpler rollout that speeds things up could save thousands of lives. Daily new coronavirus cases now average around 240,000 in the US, with more than 3,300 people dying a day from the coronavirus. With every day that this continues, the US experiences a higher Covid-19 death toll in 24 hours than the number of people who died in the 9/11 attacks. Complexity is slowing down vaccinations The current round of Covid-19 vaccinations was supposed to be the easy part. With the first phase of vaccination, the country has the advantage of knowing where people who should get the first doses are: in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. That’s a sharp contrast to the later phases, in which would-be beneficiaries will come from more diverse places, jobs, and backgrounds. That’s why some experts expected the first phase would go at least a little smoothly, even if not perfectly. Then the US began rolling out its plans in the real world. Vaccine doses were sent to the states slower than expected, but a continuing problem is that localities and states aren’t even using the majority of the doses they have. There are multiple reports of health care workers and facilities throwing out doses because they can’t find people in priority groups in time. Some state officials, like California’s Ghaly, admit they’ve been slowed down by their own guidelines. Brown University School of Public Health dean Ashish Jha, who’s advised state officials on Covid-19, told me he’s heard similar complaints. “The recurring theme is that complexity is proving really hard for them,” he said. Some of that comes down to extra administrative work. For example, some places have tried to prioritize not just health care workers but frontline health care workers who see Covid-19 patients. That makes sense in theory, but in practice it’s required more hurdles, from paperwork to verification to penalties for line-cutters. The emphasis on complex guidelines has also led to a rigid emphasis on following the rules. Some officials made this explicit, such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who threatened health care providers that vaccinate people who don’t meet the state’s criteria with big fines. But it’s also the implication of the guidelines — after all, states wouldn’t spend so much time on these criteria if they didn’t want people to follow them. The result is a mix of slowdowns in getting vaccines out and discarded doses as people don’t meet narrow guidelines. It’s a big contrast to Israel, which has vaccinated at about seven times the rate as the US in part by embracing flexibility, even if that means giving a vaccine to a pizza guy because he’s the only person vaccinators could find at the time. “There’s a trade-off between speed and efficacy,” Kendall Hoyt, a vaccine and biosecurity expert at Dartmouth, told me. “If we’re going for the perfect solution to such a degree that we have to throw out doses at the end of the day, then we’re failing.” Things will likely get messier moving forward. As the vaccine starts to roll out to broader populations, it’s going to become more difficult to verify who qualifies and who doesn’t. Who is a frontline essential worker? How does a vaccinator verify that a person actually holds a job that qualifies? If vaccinators rely entirely on an honor system, what happens when people who really want to get vaccinated realize that they can just lie and cut the line? If vaccinators don’t use the honor system and set up requirements, will people avoid getting a vaccine so they don’t have to deal with cumbersome paperwork? Further complicating this, state plans use different definitions for who is a frontline worker. Some states currently limit the category to K-12 school staff, first responders, and not much more than that, while others embrace a broader criteria that can include even journalists. As Jennifer Kates, Jennifer Tolbert, and Josh Michaud at the Kaiser Family Foundation concluded, “Because of these differences, for this next period, a person’s place in the COVID-19 vaccine priority line will increasingly depend on where they live.” All of this will create more work for the vaccinators themselves, but also make it more difficult for the supposed beneficiaries of all of this — the people getting vaccinated — to even know if it’s their turn. And unlike people who work in health care settings or live in nursing homes, these targeted groups won’t all be under one roof. That will reduce the chances people get vaccinated quickly, further slowing down a process that’s already too slow. Meanwhile, thousands of Americans will die instead of getting the vaccine that could have saved their lives. How to embrace simplicity with vaccines For the feds and states, the reasoning for all the complicated guidelines was equity and public trust — showing that the process wasn’t built to benefit the powerful and wealthy over everyone else. But the current process may achieve the opposite. When there are more complicated rules, the people who have more time and resources are better able to game them. It’s the powerful and wealthy who’ll have an easier time finding a doctor who’ll give them a note saying a medical condition qualifies them for vaccination (or have a doctor at all), or find an employer to put them on payroll so they can qualify as a frontline worker. “They’re really thoughtful plans, but they’re implemented in a society with deep structural inequities,” Jha said. “And the end product of that is going to be inequitable distribution.” It’s not too late to fix the rollout, making it both easier to understand and harder to game. And by doing that, states could actually foster equity and public trust. One idea: After health care workers and nursing home residents, use age as the primary guideline. So people 85 and up would get vaccines, then 75 and up, then 65 and up, then 55 and up, and so on. This would acknowledge that, while the virus can kill people in any age category, the older are more vulnerable: Victims 55 and older make up more than 90 percent of Covid-19 deaths. Jha, with University of California, San Francisco, Department of Medicine chair Bob Wachter, suggested using a lottery system after people 55 and older get vaccinated, perhaps one that “selects a number at random every two weeks, corresponding to the month or last digit of people’s birthdays.” That’s fairly straightforward, but also makes it hard to game the system or otherwise make it feel unfair. Alternatively, the rollout could continue going down age bands: to 45 and up, 35 and up, and so on, all the way down to children (if approved for use in kids). That maintains a bit more simplicity, although it’d slow down when younger people, who can still spread the disease, get the vaccine. Another idea, from Shan Soe-Lin and Robert Hecht at Yale, is to focus on coronavirus hot spots. States would look at places with the highest rates of Covid-19 cases, then saturate those areas with mass vaccination centers, mobile units, and other resources. Once those places reach 60 to 70 percent vaccination rates, the next tier could be targeted. This would require more logistical work than an age approach, but it could also slow transmission more quickly and, therefore, help save more lives. In explaining the proposal, Soe-Lin told me, “We could see that the next phase was going to be way too complicated. Our point was to simplify it.” In keeping things simple, these plans are easier to explain and justify. Everyone can understand why older populations or people in hot spots might need vaccines more. Focusing on one of those categories instead of multiple avoids the vast considerations of current priority groups. And these categories are more difficult for individuals to game than, say, a doctor’s note or place of employment. No one claims these ideas are perfect. A notable gap is they don’t offer extra priority to frontline workers who really may be exposed more to Covid-19, minority groups who’ve suffered more from the coronavirus, or the immunocompromised. Jha said one way to alleviate such concerns may be to target places where, say, people of color live with vaccine centers or mobile units — not to put them ahead in line, but to ensure they can get vaccines quickly when it’s their turn. But chasing the perfect — at the cost of more and more complexity — is what got us into the current mess and what’s likely to make the rollout even messier going forward. It’s not going to be a lot of people’s ideal, but that’s the point: To get vaccines out as quickly as possible, save more lives, and get America back to normal faster, the country should think less about the ideal and instead embrace simplicity — prioritizing a quicker, more efficient vaccination campaign above all else.

  • Trump Bans Any Mentions of Nixon
    by Taegan Goddard on Jan 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    CNN: “Trump has been consumed by the unraveling of his presidency during his last days in office, according to people around him, which included a casual discussion among advisers recently

  • Biden’s $400 billion Covid-19 plan, explained
    by German Lopez on Jan 15, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Joe Biden at a town hall event on August 29, 2019, during the presidential campaign. | Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesBiden’s economic stimulus proposal is also a big plan to tackle the pandemic. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion economic relief package on Thursday that also includes something else: a $400 billion Covid-19 plan. Biden’s plan lays the groundwork to get America through the final stage of the coronavirus crisis. It commits to a “national vaccination program” in which the federal government takes a more hands-on approach than it has so far to getting millions of Americans inoculated. It vows to scale up testing, both to protect people from Covid-19 and to help reopen schools. It seeks to hire 100,000 public health workers, both as a jobs program and a means to handle vaccine outreach, testing, and contact tracing. It pushes emergency paid leave to more Americans so people can stay home and not spread the disease. And more. It’s a lot, but it’s not exactly groundbreaking. It’s made up of the proposals and ideas that public health officials and experts have been demanding for nearly a year now in response to Covid-19. What makes the plan striking is that it’s the kind of action that President Donald Trump and his administration never took in response to the pandemic. From the start of the crisis, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus — deliberately, supposedly to avoid creating a panic, as he told journalist Bob Woodward. Trump’s administration also took a hands-off approach to the virus that left the bulk of the work, from testing to tracing to vaccination, to the states. That’s led to a perpetually fractured, under-resourced response across the US. The numbers show the dismal results. The US’s Covid-19 death toll is among the worst in the world, with the country now approaching a total of 400,000 dead. When controlling for population, America is in the top 20 percent for Covid-19 deaths per million people, and its death rate is more than twice the median developed nation. If the US had the same death rate as Canada, over 230,000 more Americans would likely be alive today. Biden can’t fully turn this around; hundreds of thousands are dead. But with the country in the middle of its biggest surge of Covid-19 yet and a messy vaccine rollout, there’s a lot of room to make things better in this last phase of the pandemic. With more than 3,000 people dying of Covid-19 a day in the US, any action has the potential to save thousands of lives. It’s also a crucial component to Biden’s presidency. His first impression with Americans, during his first 100 days, will come down to how well he does on Covid-19 and vaccination efforts. Biden’s $400 billion plan is a chance to get this right. If he fails, it could taint his presidency, on top of leading to potentially hundreds of thousands more deaths. What Biden has planned on Covid-19 Biden describes the Covid-19 portion of his economic stimulus as “a whole-of-government COVID-19 response plan that will change the course of the pandemic.” The plan has several steps, which you can read in full at Biden’s website, but here are some of the major pieces: A national vaccination plan: Biden asks for $20 billion for a plan that would partner with states, tribes, territories, and localities to expand vaccination efforts. Part of the plan is to build mass vaccination centers and send mobile vaccination units to underserved areas. He’ll also move to ensure vaccines are free, including for all Medicaid enrollees. Biden’s goal is to get 100 million doses out in his first 100 days. Scale up testing: Biden’s plan calls for $50 billion to expand testing. That money would go to buying more rapid tests, expanding lab capacity, and supporting local governments and schools. The goals are to help schools reopen, protect vulnerable places like prisons and nursing homes, and ensure that “any American can get a test for free when they need one.” Build a large public health workforce: The plan seeks to hire 100,000 public health workers. During the pandemic, these workers could do many tasks, like testing, tracing, and vaccine outreach. As the pandemic winds down, Biden says they could transition to a longer-term public health role to “improve quality of care and reduce hospitalization for low-income and underserved communities.” Emergency paid leave for workers: Biden calls for providing emergency paid leave to 106 million workers. The proposal would expand Congress’s temporary relief from last year by also eliminating exemptions for employers with less than 50 employees and more than 500 employees. The federal government would financially support local and state governments and employers in implementing this, through September 30. Support schools reopening: The plan calls for $170 billion for K-12 schools along with colleges and universities, with a goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools within his first 100 days. Much of the funds will go to developing and implementing plans to safely reopen, like reducing classroom size and improving ventilation. It will also support remote learning. Help vulnerable populations: The proposal includes several pieces targeted at helping the populations that have suffered disproportionately from Covid-19. That includes funding for health care services to underserved communities, particularly those of color; mitigation in nursing homes and prisons; and protective equipment, like masks and gloves, for frontline workers. Much of this matches what public health experts have been calling for since the start of the pandemic, and the kinds of action that Biden promised as he campaigned for president last year. It comes at a crucial time. If all goes well, America could put the coronavirus behind it by the end of the year through a mass vaccination campaign. But right now, the virus is very much with us, leading to thousands of deaths a day. The question now is how quickly the US can reach the former to quash the latter. But there are some questions about feasibility. First: Can all of this actually get done quickly? After such a rough year with Covid-19 in the US, there’s a lot of skepticism among the general public and even experts about America’s ability to deal with a national public health crisis. It’s still debated how much of the country’s failures were rooted in Trump or rooted in other challenges, such as the fractured federalist system of government in the US. Biden has a chance to show how much of a difference true federal leadership can make. Second: Will Congress approve all of this? The stimulus package is $1.9 trillion, a significant price tag. While Democrats will control both houses of Congress, some of the moderate factions could balk at the high cost. Biden has argued that, given the low cost of borrowing, the risk right now is doing too little rather than too much — a sentiment many economists and public health experts share — but it’s unclear if Congress will actually heed those words. If Biden pulls this off, though, it could help begin to end one of the deadliest public health crises in the country’s history. The plan is the kind of initiative Trump should’ve taken, but didn’t In the background of many of these proposals is a disturbing reality: Much of this could and should have been done last year. The proposals on Biden’s list aren’t new. Experts have called for expanding testing, preparing for mass vaccination efforts, supporting schools, providing emergency paid leave, and much more in the past year. Biden himself proposed many of these things last March. You can see many of these ideas in article after article in Vox and elsewhere, dating back to early 2020. The Trump administration declined more aggressive steps, repeatedly taking a stance that it wasn’t the federal government’s proper role to get hands-on with the Covid-19 response. With protective equipment, Trump resisted using the Defense Production Act to get more masks, gloves, and other gear to health care workers. On testing, the Trump administration left the bulk of the task to local, state, and private actors, describing the federal government as merely a “supplier of last resort.” On tracing, the administration never had anything resembling a plan to make sure the country could track down the sick or exposed and help them isolate or quarantine. This kind of hands-off, leave-it-to-the-states attitude culminated in a messy vaccine rollout. While there are many factors contributing to America’s slow vaccine efforts — including the country’s size, sprawl, and segmented health care system — a key contributor is the lack of federal involvement. In effect, the Trump administration purchased tens of millions of doses of the vaccines, shipped them to the states, and then left the states to figure out the rest. This was clear in the funding numbers. State organizations asked for $8 billion to build up vaccine infrastructure. The Trump administration provided $340 million. Only in December did Congress finally approve the $8 billion states requested, but experts say that money comes late, given that vaccination efforts are already well underway and the funds could’ve helped in the preparation stages. When asked about the botched vaccine rollout, the Trump administration has stuck to its anti-federalist stance — arguing that it’s on states and localities to figure out how they can vaccinate more people. Brett Giroir, an administration leader on Covid-19 efforts, argued, “The federal government doesn’t invade Texas or Montana and provide shots to people.” Characterizing greater federal support for Covid-19 efforts as a federal invasion is of course absurd, but it’s emblematic of the Trump administration’s approach to the crisis. Biden’s big promise on the coronavirus is that he’ll change all of this, getting the feds more involved. A $400 billion national plan is certainly a big step in that direction. Now we’ll see if Congress actually approves the proposal, and whether the federal government really can do what Biden has promised.

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