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Dr. Tom Frieden: US nearing 200,000 Covid-19 deaths is a "reflection of a failing national response"

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 06: Former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden testifies during a hearing on COVID-19 Response before the Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee May 6, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held the hearing with social distancing and enhanced precautions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

As the United States approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths, Dr. Tom Frieden, a former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said Wednesday that the number of reported deaths are a "reflection of a failing national response."

As the United States approaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths, Dr. Tom Frieden, a former US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said Wednesday that the number of reported deaths are a "reflection of a failing national response. "

The former CDC director said he's concerned that Americans will get "hardened" to the number of coronavirus deaths.

"If you look at Germany, one fifth are death rate," Frieden said.

Mistrust in government agencies is hindering Covid-19 surveillance efforts, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said Wednesday.

Now it appears that the number of people who face acute food insecurity has doubled, said Valerie Guarnieri, the World Food Program's assistant executive director.

The governor also said there have been outbreaks of Covid-19 over the summer, tied to youth sports across the state and across the world.

Those continue today even among the lowest risk youth sports,” Pritzker said.

He said one of those factors may be “the rate of expression of ACE2 receptors. ”  These are molecular doorways into cells that the novel coronavirus appears to favor.

What the latest numbers are: Murphy reported 447 new positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 197,792.

One thing to note: These numbers released by the New Jersey Department of Health may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that he believes a coronavirus vaccine may be proven safe and effective by November or December of this year.

‘‘I would still put my money on November/December,” Fauci said, during a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute panel on global pandemics.

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