Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
Sources close to a 'distressed' Dr. Birx say she feels sidelined on the White House coronavirus task force and wonders how much longer she can stay on
  • Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly become "distressed" about her role on the White House coronavirus task force, sources close to her told CNN.
  • Those familiar with her thinking say Birx views the latest high-profile member of the task force, Scott Atlas, as an "unhealthy influence" on President Donald Trump's thinking.
  • Birx was a staple at White House press briefings early on in the pandemic, but has recently been conspicuously absent.

Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer Call for Congressional Investigation into Trump’s Coronavirus Response
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are calling for congressional investigations into the Trump administration's "politicization of [the] pandemic response."

The Democratic governors singled out President Donald Trump, saying in a joint statement on Thursday that the "unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government's deceit, political self-dealing and incompetence."

If Trump bypassed the FDA on a COVID-19 vaccine it could 'upend' the traditional approval structure and erode the public's trust in the executive agency, expert says
  • President Donald Trump suggested that the White House could bypass the US Food and Drug Administration on approving a coronavirus vaccine.
  • Marc Sanchez, an FDA attorney, and consultant, said the remark was an "unfortunate attempt to increase the pressure on the FDA."
  • Sanchez said doing that would erode public trust in the agency and in a vaccine.