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posted by martyb on Sunday May 17 2020, @04:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the I'm-shocked,-shocked-I-say dept.

U.S. Government Proposed Manipulating CDC Guidelines to Avoid Mask Shortages: Whistleblower:

The U.S. government proposed manipulating information about whether N95 masks worked to fight the spread of coronavirus in the general public, according to Dr. Richard Bright, a whistleblower who testified publicly for the first time on Thursday. The deception was an effort to avoid shortages and keep masks available for U.S. health care workers, but likely had a ripple effect throughout the country, leaving many people to believe that all masks are useless or even harmful during a pandemic. Bright's testimony is the first confirmation from a high-ranking official that the U.S. government actively sought to distribute incorrect information about N95 masks during the covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Bright told the House Subcommittee on Health on Thursday about his attempts to warn others in the Department of Health and Human Services about the pending shortage of masks in January and early February, just as the novel coronavirus was spreading outside of China. Bright said that officials at the meeting simply said they would change the recommendations put out by the CDC to discourage the general public from buying masks.

"I indicated we know there will be a critical shortage of these supplies. We need to do something to ramp up production," Dr. Bright, the former top vaccine specialist at HHS, said of a meeting with HHS officials on February 7.

"They indicated if we notice there is a shortage, that we will simply change the CDC guidelines to better inform people who should not be wearing those masks, so that would save those masks for our health care workers," Dr. Bright testified.

"My response was, 'I can not believe you can sit and say that with a straight face'," Bright said. "That was absurd."

[...] Dr. Bright's entire 6-hour testimony is available on YouTube, and it's quite damning.


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  • (Score: 1) by hemocyanin on Monday May 18 2020, @06:30AM (3 children)

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday May 18 2020, @06:30AM (#995632) Journal

    Well, there's the whole Iraq war and such, but what's a few hundred thousand dead foreigners to Democrats like Biden?

  • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Monday May 18 2020, @09:05AM (2 children)

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Monday May 18 2020, @09:05AM (#995653)

    The Iraq war was started in 2003, under George Bush. There was indeed bipartisan support for it. So should you not hold Republicans feet to the fire as well? After all 215 (96.4%) of 223 Republican Representatives voted for the resolution. 82 (39.2%) of 209 Democratic Representatives voted for the resolution.

    And why is it important that Biden voted yea, and yet you completely overlook that the sitting Vice President Mike Pence also voted Yea?
    Not to mention both Clinton and Biden have admitted the vote was a mistake, but not Mike Pence.

    Or is it only bad if the person voting has a D in their party descriptor?

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    • (Score: 1) by hemocyanin on Monday May 18 2020, @03:35PM (1 child)

      by hemocyanin (186) on Monday May 18 2020, @03:35PM (#995859) Journal

      Biden didn't just vote yes. He pushed it in every way he could. To say he was just one of the morons who got duped (enough reason to despise him) is not just misleading, it's rewriting history.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/17/joe-biden-role-iraq-war [theguardian.com]

      Biden did vastly more than just vote for the war. Yet his role in bringing about that war remains mostly unknown or misunderstood by the public. When the war was debated and then authorized by the US Congress in 2002, Democrats controlled the Senate and Biden was chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations. Biden himself had enormous influence as chair and argued strongly in favor of the 2002 resolution granting President Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

      “I do not believe this is a rush to war,” Biden said a few days before the vote. “I believe it is a march to peace and security. I believe that failure to overwhelmingly support this resolution is likely to enhance the prospects that war will occur …”

      But he had a power much greater than his own words. He was able to choose all 18 witnesses in the main Senate hearings on Iraq. And he mainly chose people who supported a pro-war position

      • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Monday May 18 2020, @10:47PM

        by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Monday May 18 2020, @10:47PM (#996059)

        Still won't mention Pence also pushed for it.

        Since Pence was right there with them, your comments are totally pointless.

        He was duped, yea, BFD.

        At least he admits it was a bad vote.

        Where is Pence's retraction?

        Oh that's right, Theocracy pushing Pence was 'forgiven' by Cheeto, so all is well.

        Seriously, you're arguments are so thin, they make tracing paper look like parchment.

        Yawn....you bore me.

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