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WTF is wrong with Trump? Big Pharma puppet strings?

“When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.

On the very same day, 5,000 miles away in Asia, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in South Korea. The confluence was striking, but there the similarities ended.

In the two months since that fateful day, the responses to coronavirus displayed by the US and South Korea have been polar opposites.

One country acted swiftly and aggressively to detect and isolate the virus, and by doing so has largely contained the crisis. The other country dithered and procrastinated, became mired in chaos and confusion, was distracted by the individual whims of its leader, and is now confronted by a health emergency of daunting proportions.

Within a week of its first confirmed case, South Korea’s disease control agency had summoned 20 private companies to the medical equivalent of a war-planning summit and told them to develop a test for the virus at lightning speed. A week after that, the first diagnostic test was approved and went into battle, identifying infected individuals who could then be quarantined to halt the advance of the disease.

Some 357,896 tests later, the country has more or less won the coronavirus war. On Friday only 91 new cases were reported in a country of more than 50 million.

The US response tells a different story. Two days after the first diagnosis in Washington state, Donald Trump went on air on CNBC and bragged: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

—The Guardian; Ronald Klain

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the US couldn’t use the readily available German test, nooooo, our companies Had to make their own, that they charged $1,325 for, and that the first two versions were worthless due to false results - meanwhile S Korea has drive-up testing stations giving 10,000 free tests every day - SOMEONE HAS BEEN PAID OFF

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Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
French professor Didier Raoult was part of a clinical trial that in which hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin healed 90% of Covid-19 cases if they were tested very early. (Early, massive testing is at the heart of the successful South Korean strategy.) Raoult is opposed to the total lockdown of sane individuals and possible carriers – which he considers “medieval,” in an anachronistic sense. He’s in favor of massive testing (which, besides South Korea, was successful in Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam) and a fast treatment with hydroxychloroquine. Only contaminated individuals should be confined. Chloroquine costs one euro for ten pills. And there’s the rub: Big Pharma – which, crucially, finances INSERM, and includes “national champion” Sanofi – would rather go for a way more profitable solution. Sanofi for the moment says it is “actively preparing” to produce chloroquine, but that may take “weeks,” and there’s no mention about pricing.
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I’m not a Socialist but damn is it cringe to have Big Pharma come up on stage and refer to the millions of people sick as “our customers”. Like damn, at least pretend to be human, fuck.

Also BIG LOL when the spokewoman (she might be the CEO or something, I actually don’t know) for UPS goes up and says they got a “big brown army”. Like damn, I know y’all wear brown but you can’t just say shit like that lmao.

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Yesterday, in Gilbert, Arizona, a man set up a roadside stand selling toilet paper. He wanted $30 for a 12-pack. Price gouging is illegal, and online markets have been revoking selling rights for everyone caught engaging in it.

A cop I used to run 911 with had to threaten to arrest him. Police have been monitoring sites like Craigslist, too, to stop people from taking advantage.

That’s good. It’s important to put a stop to that. What I fail to understand is how Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi have been allowed to engage in price gouging for YEARS by buying patents and hiking the price of different types of insulin more than 500%. States have, rather than going after Big Pharma, gone after INSURANCE. Why? Because Big Pharma donates more to re-election campaigns.

Let’s not forget Mylan, who did that with the Epi-Pen (their CEO is the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin). They just bought the company that made the Epi-Pen, used it in a legal scheme called a tax inversion, then made a hat trick out of it by involving daddy to lean on the FDA to change the rules of how it’s packaged, prescribed, and dispensed.

Fixing the healthcare system requires that we get to the root of the problem. We’ll never see that happen as long as we keep voting for politicians who are bought by special interests - and they exist on BOTH sides of the aisle.

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The money is in the cure, if you think about it, once there is no sickness in the mind or body, people are able to produce, move, create, solve, think, without hesitation/procrastination, a healthy human being is capable of far greater. Is that not a path to freedom that can unite us? Idk. I am not considering ideal, just the fact, when you’re not sick, you have energy, right?

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