Tag Archives: Alex Azar

Trump Admin Buys Entire World Stock Of COVID Drug

The Guardian reports: The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world. Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider implications, for …

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HHS Sec Denies Having Seen Trump’s “White Power” Video Moments After It’s Played For Him By CNN Host

“I’ve not seen that video or that tweet, but obviously neither the president, his administration nor I would do anything to be supportive of white supremacy or anything that would support discrimination of any kind. I’ve been here getting ready to speak to you. “I’ve not seen that, and so I don’t want to comment further on that. But obviously …

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HHS Sec: We’ve Seen No Spikes In Reopened Areas

Reuters reports: Authorities are not seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but are seeing increases in some areas that remain closed, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday. “We are seeing that in places that are opening; we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still …

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HHS Sec. Alex Azar Blames “Home And Social” Lives Of Meatpacking Plant Workers For Coronavirus Outbreaks

Politico reports: The country’s top health official downplayed concerns over the public health conditions inside meatpacking plants, suggesting on a call with lawmakers that workers were more likely to catch coronavirus based on their social interactions and group living situations, three participants said. HHS Secretary Alex Azar told a bipartisan group that he believed infected employees were bringing the virus …

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Ousted Vaccine Scientist Files Formal Complaint: I Got Fired Because I Resisted Pushing Trump’s Malaria Drug

STAT News reports: Rick Bright, the ousted head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, has filed a formal whistleblower complaint alleging he was involuntarily transferred to a lower position at the National Institutes of Health because he raised concerns about the Trump administration’s Covid-19 response and about nepotism in the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the …

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REPORT: Trump Planning To Sack HHS Sec. Alex Azar

Politico reports: White House officials are weighing a plan to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Among the names on the short list to replace Azar are White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx, Medicare chief Seema Verma and deputy HHS Secretary Eric Hargan, said the four people familiar with the talks. Senior officials’ long-standing frustrations with the health …

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HHS Sec Tapped Labradoodle Breeder To Handle COVID

Reuters reports: On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services appeared on Fox News to report the latest on the disease as it ravaged China. Alex Azar, a 52-year-old lawyer and former drug industry executive, assured Americans the U.S. government was prepared. As is now …

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Azar Contradicts Pence: No Virus Testing Kit Shortage

The Hill reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar maintained late Friday that the administration is not in the midst of a coronavirus testing kit shortage, contradicting a warning issued by Vice President Pence earlier this week. “There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been,” Azar said on ABC News . “We will have by the …

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HHS Sec Benched From WH Coronavirus Response

Politico reports: There was a notable omission as Vice President Mike Pence visited Seattle Thursday as part of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response: Health Secretary Alex Azar. The White House on Wednesday also benched Azar from a coronavirus task force press briefing, the latest sign of diminished standing for an official who was the face of the U.S. response just …

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HHS Secretary Under Internal Fire Over Virus Response

Politico reports: Even as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention takes blame for testing delays that may have led to hundreds of Americans being quietly infected with the coronavirus, officials inside the health department and the White House are increasingly pointing the finger at one leader: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who they say failed to coordinate …

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Whistleblower Alleges HHS Ignored Virus Protocols

The Washington Post reports: Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint. The workers did not show symptoms of infection and were not …

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HHS Sec: No Need Yet For Obamacare Replacement

The Hill reports: Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Tuesday that “there’s really not a need” for the Trump administration to put forward an ObamaCare replacement plan at the moment. Azar was asked where the administration’s replacement for the health law is in an interview on the “Kevin Wall Radio Show.” He replied that there is not …

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Trump Regrets Enacting His “Fucking Vaping” Ban

Axios reports: President Trump told his health secretary yesterday that he regrets getting involved in the administration’s policy on vaping, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. “I should never have done that f***ing vaping thing,” Trump said during an impromptu call on speakerphone in an Oval Office meeting. The administration’s ban on flavored vapes is one of its …

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HHS Seeks To Drop LGBT Protections In All Programs

Now breaking on Twitter…. “Today, the Trump Administration issued a proposed rule that would strip existing protections for sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, religion, and for individuals in same-sex marriages in all programs and grants administered by Health and Human Services.” Updates to follow shortly…. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The Department of Health & Human Services went …

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HHS Warns Against Marijuana Use By Young People

Politico reports: The surgeon general Thursday issued an advisory cautioning young people and pregnant people against using marijuana, warning it poses risks to developing brains. HHS officials said the best science available suggests no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or for youth is known to be safe. Surgeon General Jerome Adams’ advisory was the first his office issued on …

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Lawsuit Delays HHS Implementation Of Rule Allowing Healthcare Workers To Refuse Patients Because Jesus

NBC News reports: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is delaying the implementation of its “conscience protection” rule until November to give the administration more time to deal with a lawsuit over the policy. HHS announced in a court filing Saturday that the rule, which was originally scheduled to take effect July 22, would not be implemented until …

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over HHS Rule That Allows Health Care Providers To Refuse LGBT Patients

Via press release from the ACLU: The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Public Health Solutions (PHS), The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s rule that allows health care personnel to deny patients information and treatment based on personal religious or moral beliefs. …

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HHS Grants $5.1 Million To Fake Abortion Clinics

From the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal blog: The founder of an organization of community care clinics that cater to women praises the Trump administration for deciding to give her group $5.1 million over three years for use in California, a grant that once might have gone to Planned Parenthood. “With this grant, the administration has opened up a new avenue …

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HHS Diverts Millions From HIV And Cancer Programs To Pay For Housing Detained Immigrant Children

Yahoo News reports: The Department of Health and Human Services is diverting millions of dollars in funding from a number of programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, to pay for housing for the growing population of detained immigrant children. In a letter sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D.-Wash., and obtained by …

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HHS Sec. Alex Azar Suggests Migrants Claiming To Be Parents Are Unrelated To Children Taken From Them

Talking Points Memo reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on a conference call on Thursday that his department will meet the deadlines imposed by federal courts to reunify thousands of immigrant children who were taken from their families and detained in separate facilities, but admitted they have yet to send a single child to rejoin their …

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