WH Press Sec McEnany Says Trump ‘Followed the Science,’ Works Hard on COVID Response ‘Behind the Scenes’

When asked on Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s recent lack of public comments on the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed that Trump has been working “behind the scenes” and that his previous actions demonstrate that he has “followed the science” on the virus.

“He’s hard at work at this with the task force behind the scenes,” McEnany said, touted Trump’s advocation of reopening schools as proof that Trump has “followed the science”, especially as more medical experts have supported reopening schools as well.

“The President’s followed the science,” McEnany said. “He’s also kept in mind we have a constitution, and he will be unashamed and always advocating for the science in the best interest of the children of this country.”

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In a Wednesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that President Donald Trump has always followed the science on COVID-19 and is
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Emerging Tech Gets Off the Ground Amid Pandemic Response

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and rarely has the gov tech industry seen greater need for technical solutions to new problems than it did in 2020. COVID-19 presented an all-hands-on-deck challenge for gov tech, and the crisis turned out to be more of a catalyst for change than an obstacle to it. Telework became the norm, network capacity and security became paramount, and state and local governments that had already invested in some emerging technologies of the last decade, such as cloud, digital service delivery and higher network speeds, found themselves more prepared than those that did not. Disaster notwithstanding, a spirit of innovation permeated both private and public sides of the industry, and several technological advances offered a glimpse of what’s to come.

Cellphone location data didn’t become any less controversial in 2020, but it did become more important. For many governments, including those in Hong

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GoGetTested’s End-to-End COVID-19 Response Operating System Scales Nationally, Provides Infrastructure to Unite the Private and Public Sectors

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GoGetTested, the first end-to-end COVID-19 response platform in the country, exited beta today with more than 200,000 tests administered, and is scaling nationally. GoGetTested is currently available in Arizona, South Carolina, Washington D.C, Texas and, as of this week, Kansas. Over 10,000 Americans are now registering for tests via the platform each day.

GoGetTested’s all-in-one testing solution offers free FDA-approved COVID-19 testing and delivers quick, accurate results for citizens. The company partners with local communities to make the testing, and public health process easy and accessible for everyone, regardless of geographic or socioeconomic status. The company’s operating system ensures a simple to manage digital experience for consumers, and public health professionals alike. Local residents schedule their COVID-19 test appointment online, complete the oral swab or saliva sample test in minutes at one of the testing sites, and have their results delivered via text or email within

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Buckingham Palace Criticized For Its Response To Meghan Markle’s Miscarriage: ‘Huge Missed Opportunity’

KEY POINTS

  • The palace declined to comment on Meghan Markle’s miscarriage 
  • Russell Myers felt that the palace missed a big opportunity  
  • Twitter users support Buckingham Palace’s decision  

Buckingham Palace received flak from a royal commentator after declining to comment when asked about Meghan Markle’s miscarriage.

In an op-ed for The New York Times a week ago, Markle announced that she suffered a miscarriage in July. Russell Myers, the royal editor at the Daily Mirror, appeared on talkRadio and said he reached out to the palace about the issue, but the latter declined to comment.

“I think this is a huge, huge missed opportunity for the royal family,” Myers said as quoted by Insider.

“They should have made a public statement to say, this is a really brave and honest thing to do, because just on the very basis that it would have mended some of the cracks in the relationship

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Lung-on-chip provides new insight on body’s response to early tuberculosis infection — ScienceDaily

Scientists have developed a lung-on-chip model to study how the body responds to early tuberculosis (TB) infection, according to findings published today in eLife.

TB is a disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) and most often affects the lungs. The model reveals that respiratory system cells, called alveolar epithelial cells, play an essential role in controlling early TB infection. They do this by producing a substance called surfactant — a mixture of molecules (lipids and proteins) that reduce the surface tension where air and liquid meet in the lung.

These findings add to our understanding of what happens during early TB infection, and may explain in part why those who smoke or have compromised surfactant functionality have a higher risk of contracting primary or recurrent infection.

TB is one of the world’s top infectious killers and affects people of all ages. While it mostly

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The Technology 202: Snap’s response to TikTok could create familiar political headaches

“Snapchatters are some of the most expressive and creative mobile storytellers in the world and Spotlight gives them an opportunity to share their creations broadly,” the company said in a news release yesterday. “With over 4 billion Snaps created each day, Spotlight empowers the Snapchat community to express themselves and reach a large audience in a new way.”

Snap intends to seed its new feature by essentially launching a virtual talent search; it will offer a daily pool of more than $1 million to be paid out to makers of the most popular submissions until at least the end of the year. That could give it a competitive edge over TikTok, which has surged in popularity during the pandemic, and Instagram, which also recently launched a similar in-app feature called Reels. 

Yet expanding the ability of user-generated content to go viral could open up Snap to familiar political headaches. 

So

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Sony Teases A PlayStation Response To Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is likely the most popular gaming subscription service right now, and all eyes are now on Sony’s response to it. In a TASS interview, when asked directly on what Sony might have planned in order to compete with Xbox Game Pass, Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan stated that there is “news to come.”

Ryan also pointed out that PlayStation does offer a competitor to Xbox Game Pass already. “We have PlayStation Now…and that is available in a number of markets,” he stated.

In the past few years, Sony has already been steadily trying to compete with Xbox Game Pass. In 2019, it cut the monthly price of PlayStation Now from $20 to $10, seemingly in an effort to match Xbox’s Game Pass monthly base price of $10. In 2020, Sony announced PlayStation Plus Collection, a service that gives PS Plus subscribers a selection of big PS4 titles.

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How using data and tech speeded response to Covid-19

The pandemic year has shown just how much the convergence of data and technology with professional services has been critical to secure the smooth running of business and society.

The Financial Times Intelligent Business report and awards aim to show how this convergence is playing out and helping to solve everyday challenges in any service sector that uses data. 

The increasing use of data and technology in services is proving transformative. It is particularly evident in the public sector and in healthcare: two sectors under intense strain in 2020. 

Public sector and healthcare

The winning entries to the Intelligent Business awards on November 19 in each of those two sectors, the Francis Crick Institute and the New Jersey State Judiciary, have completed projects that are notable for the speed of their digitalisation efforts.

The Francis Crick Institute, a London research institute, did not wait for the UK government’s testing programme

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Engineered immune cells elicit broad response to HIV in mice, offering hope for vaccine — ScienceDaily

Unlike so many other deadly viruses, HIV still lacks a vaccine. The virus — which continues to infect millions around the world — has proven especially tricky to prevent with conventional antibodies, in part because it evolves so rapidly in the body. Any solution would require coaxing the body into producing a special type of antibody that can act broadly to defeat multiple strains of the virus at once.

This week, scientists at Scripps Research moved closer to attaining that holy grail of HIV research with a new vaccine approach that would rely on genetically engineered immune cells from the patient’s body.

In experiments involving mice, the approach successfully induced broadly neutralizing antibodies — also called bnabs — that can prevent HIV infection, says principal investigator James Voss, PhD, of Scripps Research. The study appears in Nature Communications.

Voss and his team showed in 2019 that it was possible

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Buy Nvidia After Muted Earnings Response: A Look at the Chart

Nvidia  (NVDA) – Get Report was down about 1% on Thursday, despite reporting strong earnings on Wednesday after the close of trading.

After roaring higher in the second and third quarters of 2020, Nvidia has been surprisingly quiet lately. That’s particularly interesting following its third-quarter earnings. 

Revenue grew 57% year over year to $4.73 billion, easily beating expectations of $4.4 billion. Earnings of $2.91 a share grew more than 60% from the same period a year ago and also beat expectations.

Guidance for next quarter was solid too, coming in at plus or minus 2% of $4.8 billion. Consensus estimates were near $4.45 billion.

In the words of Real Money’s Stephen Guilfoyle, “Nvidia is just killing it.”

Given the quiet reaction to the stock, I think it’s worth another look at the charts.

Nvidia is a holding in Jim Cramer’s Action Alerts PLUS member club. Want to

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