A typical five-day treatment course would include six vials, which would equate to $2,340 per patient, Daniel O'Day, Gilead Sciences chairman and CEO, said in the letter.
The U.S. government will continue to manage U.S. allocations of remdesivir to hospitals through September, the company said.
The letter added that the price for U.S. private insurance companies will be $520 per vial, which would total $3,120 per patient for a five-day treatment course of six vials.
As if existing hospital bills and lack of employment aren't enough...
Prevalence of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Key Summary Points
The likelihood that approximately 40% to 45% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2 will remain asymptomatic suggests that the virus might have greater potential than previously estimated to spread silently and deeply through human populations.
Asymptomatic persons can transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others for an extended period, perhaps longer than 14 days.
The absence of COVID-19 symptoms in persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 might not necessarily imply an absence of harm. More research is needed to determine the significance of subclinical lung changes visible on computed tomography scans.
Shes been working her butt off at the barn during the week to help cover board, along with her part time job. And her grandma sent money to her to cover shows and board and vet bills
Please help and sign!
TO: The Governors of all 50 states, and both houses of Congress - Our Federal Legislators
Extend COVID19 Emergency Unemployment $600 per week additional assistance through Dec 31, 2020
Many people, including myself, who are still not back to work yet. And states like FL only offer $275/week, which will extend another 13 weeks but $275/wk is a cruel joke. Esp to families.
J. David McSwane @davidmcswane
1/ A TaskRabbit contractor in San Antonio told me he stumbled onto a warehouse where people were repackaging non-medical Chinese masks so they could pass for medical use and be sold to Texas.
So began my latest journey into the world of COVID profiteers ..
So began my latest journey into the world of COVID profiteers ..
2/ His name was Lucas Rensko and he showed up in a warehouse where there were other Taskers earning about $20/hr ripping Chinese masks out of plastic bags and stuffing them into new ones that were identical but for one potentially deadly difference
3/ The old packages were labeled in all caps MEDICAL USE PROHIBITED. The new bags didnt have that warning.
4/ Medical workers best defense against a virus that ravages the body with horrifying complexity is a simple, but trustworthy, mask. But many thousands of these repackaged ones were potentially making their way into the Texas supply. Here's the warehouse:
5/ Before flying down to Texas to look into it, I did a little research from my DC apartment. Jaime Rivera, who hired the TaskRabbits, had posted some intriguing photos on Facebook of boxes of masks bursting at the seams and stacked high in his garage.
6/ These are labeled AYM-KN95. Early on the FDA approved these for use in healthcare settings. But they were taken off the list in May. Theyre nowhere near the 95% effective required - tested as low as 39% in CDC tests
7/ More curious was a screenshot Rivera posted of a $2k payment from BM. One of his Facebook friends noted looks like code for a drug deal.
8/ So I pulled out my phone and looked for him on Venmo and was delighted to see all his transactions were public.
Someone named Brennan Mulligan was paying him and others on Venmo to repackage masks. Check it out
9/ Turns out Mulligan is a successful San Francisco tech/apparel businessman. He runs SKYOU, whose 3D design software lets people customize apparel that ships directly from China
10/ Makes sense, I thought. As I found in this story, a lot of apparel and textile businesses used China connections to make their way into the mask market.
The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money
The federal government and states have fueled an unregulated, chaotic market for masks ruled by oddballs, ganjapreneurs and a shadowy network of investors.
11/ That 131 boxes to TDEM is delivery of KN95s to the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas FEMA, which supplies to hospitals inundated with patients. As you can see Texas is in trouble.
12/ Rivera and I talked on the phone at length. He agreed to meet in person but then cut off contact as my questions became more uncomfortable. Heres some of what he told me
13/ Mulligan had hired him through TaskRabitt to pick up masks arriving in Texas airports via Southwest Cargo jet. Some he delivered to TDEM, others needed to be repackaged.
14/ Rivera spoke as if it was just common sense. They needed to take MEDICAL USE PROHIBITED off the package so Texas could accept the masks. Its not a big deal, he said, because Texas will inspect the masks. He said it was just red tape.
15/ As our conversations progressed, Rivera started to worry that maybe this wasnt such a good idea. He was desperate, he said. His main income - doing jobs via TaskRabbit - had dried up because of the pandemic.
16/ Thats when Rivera mentioned he and Mulligan had been contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
His analogy was youre telling somebody you have a Ferrari but youre selling a Honda, Rivera said.
17/ Are you worried you were complicit in a crime? I asked
The more we talk about it, yes, he said.
Before he hung up and cut off communication, he added: Im not the brains of the operation, and Im definitely not the wallet for it.
18/ The wallet was Mulligan, who didnt respond to my calls but sent some brief emails. He blamed the FDAs flip-flopping on chinese masks and onerous Chinese customs regulations.
19/ He couldnt get the masks out of China without the non-medical disclaimer, he explained. And the Texas emergency agency would reject anything that had the disclaimer.
20/ He and other mask brokers told me they shipped all these masks in after the FDA cleared a bunch of KN95s, but before they could sell them the FDA kicked a bunch of manufacturers off the list.
21/ So the only solution, he said, was to repackage masks. But problem was - the masks he was repackaging werent on the FDAs list of masks OKd for emergency use. Mulligan says he broke no U.S. laws.
22/ I told TDEM what I had learned and they confirmed Mulligan and Rivera had tried to sell the poor quality masks and Texas rejected them. TDEMs vetting is really good, a spokesperson said.
23/ Mulligan tried to sell them to another guy, who was trying to sell masks to hospitals in Illinois, but the buyer told me he walked away when he learned theyd been repackaged.
24/ So Mulligan is stuck where a lot of opportunistic mask brokers are - with tons of sub-par masks that governments cant and shouldnt buy.
25/ Oh, yeah, and that Homeland Security investigation? The agency said its real, but the statement also reads like the law enforcement equivalent of ¯_(ツ _/¯.
26/ Theres a lot more detail in the story, some funny anecdotes and whatnot. I hope youll read it.
He Removed Labels That Said Medical Use Prohibited, Then Tried to Sell Thousands of Masks to Officials Who Distribute to Hospitals
Using TaskRabbit and Venmo, a Silicon Valley investor and his business partner had workers repackage non-medical KN95 masks so he could sell them to Texas emergency workers.
27/ If you know more about PPE brokers and investors, shoot me a note: email@example.com
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PS - it remains a mess out here in the Wild West of PPE trading - companies pooping up overnight, untested, some whose owners have questionable backgrounds. Federal agencies say theyre vetting these companies but weve found a ton of problems
Check item 1436. Coach Jordan threatening athletes theyd get in trouble with the school for acting out
Coach Hellickson and Assistant Coach Jordan told the wrestlers that if they did anything to act out that they would find themselves in trouble with the school.
These bizarre, unhinged responses from some of the people are SO indicative of what I see ALL the time in local FB groups for here in central FL.
These people are N U T S. Absolutely NUTS!!!
Attempts to fell Andrew Jackson statue
Past 15 min things have stabilized
BunkerBoy probably crapping himself
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