Statement on the fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

1 Aug

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) took place on Friday, 31 July 2020 from 12:00 to 17:45 Geneva time (CEST). 

Proceedings of the meeting

Members and advisors of the Emergency Committee were convened by videoconference.

The Director-General welcomed the Committee, highlighted the advances in global understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus since the declaration of the public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020, and outlined key areas where further attention by the Emergency Committees is needed.

Representatives of the legal department and the Department of Compliance, Risk Management, and Ethics (CRE) briefed the members on their roles and responsibilities. The Ethics Officer from CRE provided the members and advisers with an overview of the WHO Declaration of Interest process. The members and advisers were made aware of their individual responsibility to disclose to WHO, in a timely manner, any interests of a personal, professional, financial, intellectual or commercial nature that may give rise to a perceived or direct conflict of interest. They were additionally reminded of their duty to maintain the confidentiality of the meeting discussions and the work of the committee. Each member who was present was surveyed and no conflicts of interest were identified.

The Secretariat turned the meeting over to the Chair, Professor Didier Houssin. Professor Houssin also welcomed the Committee and reviewed the objectives and agenda of the meeting.  

The WHO Regional Emergency Directors and the Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE) provided regional and the global situation overview. WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high. Dr David Heymann, chair of the WHE Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-IH), presented on national best practices and global COVID-19 experiences. Dr Johanna Jordaan presented an overview of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART)’s report and public health focused recommendations. 

The Committee expressed appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. The Committee noted progress made on the Temporary Recommendations issued on 1 May 2020 and examined additional areas that require further attention. The Committee highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts.  

The Committee encouraged all individuals, in particular young people, and communities to continue to play an active role in preventing and controlling transmission of COVID-19. The Committee recognized that State Parties should enable and support communities and individuals and thus build trust in governments’ response measures. 

After ensuing discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed that the pandemic still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and offered advice to the Director-General.

The Director-General declared that the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to constitute a PHEIC. He accepted the advice of the Committee to WHO and issued the Committee’s advice to States Parties as Temporary Recommendations under the IHR (2005). 

The Emergency Committee will be reconvened within three months, at the discretion of the Director-General. The Director-General thanked the Committee for its work.

Advice to the WHO Secretariat

  1. Continue to distill and rapidly communicate lessons learned and best practices from the COVID-19 pandemic and national intra-action reviews.
  2. Continue to coordinate and mobilize global and regional multilateral organizations, partners and networks for robust political commitment and resourcing of COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response, including for development of vaccines and therapeutics.
  3. Provide nuanced, pragmatic guidance on criteria for appropriate COVID-19 response activities to reduce the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures.
  4. Continue to support State Parties and partners in conducting active and community-based COVID-19 surveillance, through technical and operational resources, such as guidance, tools, and trainings on case definitions and identification, contact tracing, and death certifications; encourage State Parties to continue reporting relevant data to WHO through platforms such as the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System.  
  5. Accelerate research into remaining SARS-CoV-2 critical unknowns, such as the animal source and potential animal reservoirs, and improve understanding of the epidemiology and severity of COVID-19 (including its long-term health effects; viral dynamics such as modes of transmission, shedding, potential mutations; immunity and correlates of protection; co-infection; as well as risk factors and vulnerabilities) and the effectiveness of public health measures.
  6. Continue to work with partners to counter mis/disinformation and infodemics by developing and disseminating clear, tailored messaging on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects; encourage and support individuals and communities to follow recommended public health and social measures.
  7. Support diagnostics, safe and effective therapeutics and vaccines’ rapid and transparent development (including in developing countries) and equitable access through the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator; support all countries to implement the necessary clinical trials and to prepare for the rollout of therapeutics and vaccines.
  8. Work with partners to revise WHO’s travel health guidance to reinforce evidence-informed measures consistent with the provisions of the IHR (2005) to avoid unnecessary interference with international travel; proactively and regularly share information on travel measures to support State Parties’ decision-making for resuming international travel.
  9. Support State Parties, particularly vulnerable countries, in strengthening their essential health services and accompanying supply chains as well as preparing for and responding to concurrent outbreaks, such as seasonal influenza.

Temporary recommendations to State Parties

  1. Share best practices, including from intra-action reviews, with WHO; apply lessons learned from countries that are successfully re-opening their societies (including businesses, schools, and other services) and mitigating resurgence of COVID-19.
  2. Support multilateral regional and global organizations and encourage global solidarity in COVID-19 response.
  3. Enhance and sustain political commitment and leadership for national strategies and localized response activities driven by science, data, and experience; engage all sectors in addressing the impacts of the pandemic.
  4. Continue to enhance capacity for public health surveillance, testing, and contact tracing. 
  5. Share timely information and data with WHO on COVID-19 epidemiology and severity, response measures, and on concurrent disease outbreaks through platforms such as the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System.
  6. Strengthen community engagement, empower individuals, and build trust by addressing mis/disinformation and providing clear guidance, rationales, and resources for public health and social measures to be accepted and implemented.  
  7. Engage in the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, participate in relevant trials, and prepare for safe and effective therapeutic and vaccine introduction.
  8. Implement, regularly update, and share information with WHO on appropriate and proportionate travel measures and advice, based on risk assessments; implement necessary capacities, including at points of entry, to mitigate the potential risks of international transmission of COVID-19 and to facilitate international contact tracing.
  9. Maintain essential health services with sufficient funding, supplies, and human resources; prepare health systems to cope with seasonal influenza, other concurrent disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.

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Benin Independence Day

1 Aug

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I send congratulations to the Government of Benin and the Beninese people on the 60th anniversary of your independence.

As President Talon and I discussed during our meeting earlier this year, the partnership between the United States and Benin is based on shared democratic principles and a mutual desire for peace and prosperity.  We stand with Benin in ensuring fundamental freedoms, confronting violent extremism, and fostering transparency and economic growth.  The United States and Benin share a 60-year history of strong and collaborative friendship, and we are committed to working together to ensure continued progress as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic together.

We are proud to join the people of Benin in celebrating your Independence Day.

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DNC Battleground Brief

1 Aug

This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief — a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270. 

“THIS IS NOT A TEST” — NEW BATTLEGROUND AD SLAMS TRUMP’S SCHOOL REOPENING FAILURES. The DNC released a new ad this week calling out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Targeted to teachers and parents with school age children, the ad is airing in the Milwaukee and Detroit media markets, and a Spanish-language version is airing in Phoenix and Miami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW IT’S PLAYING: While Trump gets hammered on the airwaves, he isn’t faring any better on the ground.

“WE’VE LOST A WHOLE LOT” — TRUMP SLAMMED ON FAILURES TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR. On Tuesday, while Joe Biden unveiled his plan to advance racial equity as part of the United States’ economic recovery, Democrats across the battleground states slammed Trump’s disastrous record with communities of color.

In Georgia:

Democratic Party of Georgia Chair and State Senator Nikema Williams: “At every level, Donald Trump’s failed leadership has made life harder for Black Americans and people of color. While Trump used his economic policies to enrich big banks and corporate cronies, Black and brown Georgians were left out, and our racial wealth gap has grown.”

In Nevada:

Nevada Assemblyman Edgar Flores: “From day one, Donald Trump’s rhetoric has demonized the Latino community, while his anti-immigrant agenda has terrorized our families. Now, as a direct result of his failed pandemic response, Latinos are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis as our communities, businesses, and priorities get left behind.”

In North Carolina:

North Carolina Senate Democratic Leader Dan Blue: “Four years ago, Donald Trump asked African American North Carolinians what we have to lose by voting for him. We knew the answer then and we know it now — we have everything to lose by supporting Donald Trump. Trump has spent his presidency supporting big businesses and wealthy investors over communities of color; undercutting affordable housing opportunities and undermining efforts to reduce racial disparities in education.”

In Pennsylvania: 

State Senator Sharif Street: “Four years ago, Donald Trump tried to sell himself to Black Americans by asking us ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ It turns out we’ve lost a whole lot under the Donald Trump presidency … We’ve watched Donald Trump go after our health care, undermine civil rights protections, and in recent months, fail to address the COVID-19 pandemic which is disproportionately killing Black and Brown Americans.”

Check out much more HERE!

WHILE BIDEN LEADS WITH WOMEN’S AGENDA, TRUMP BLASTED OVER BROKEN PROMISES. This week, Joe Biden unveiled an aggressive and comprehensive plan to further women’s economic security and civil rights. While Biden continues to lead,  Democrats across the battleground states slammed Trump’s nearly four years of broken promises to women.

In Arizona: 

State Senator and National Organization for Women (NOW) Board Member Victoria Steele: “For the past four years, Donald Trump’s utter contempt for women’s fundamental rights has been on full display … Trump promised time and again that he would ‘do more for women than anybody else,’ but over the course of his presidency, Trump has done nothing but wage relentless attacks on women’s rights.” 

In Florida:

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo: “Not only has Donald Trump failed to deliver on this promise to ‘do more for women,’ he’s actively worked to make it easier to discriminate against women.”

In Maine:

Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra: “Donald Trump’s presidency has been a disaster for women … His administration’s cruel and ineffective policies have endangered our health, threatened our physical safety, and reduced our opportunities in the workforce.”

In Minnesota: 

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan: “Donald Trump made a career demonstrating and celebrating behavior that perpetuates violence against Native women and girls … We need a President who will fight for the health and safety of women and Native people across the country. Joe Biden spent his career doing just that and will set a good example for our children as they learn to treat their neighbors with dignity and respect.”

Plus a lot more HERE!

HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE! Marking the three-year anniversary of Republicans’ failed ACA repeal vote, battleground Democrats called out Trump’s continued broken promises and attacks on working families’ health care.

In Colorado:

Colorado Democrats: “Colorado families can’t afford more years of leaders hellbent on ripping away coverage and spiking costs — they want leaders who will work to protect our healthcare and lower costs for everyone across our state. That’s why Colorado will reject Trump and his Republican enablers’ horrific health care agenda come November.”

In Iowa:

Iowa Democrats: “Even during a global pandemic, the GOP’s only plan for health care is to rip it away from as many Iowans as possible … While Democrats are running to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care, GOP leaders like Trump and Ernst have been relentless in their attempt to deny health coverage to Iowans.”

In New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Democrats: “Today marks three years since this fight should have been settled once and for all in favor of the Affordable Care Act, but Republicans continue to attack. Americans everywhere made it clear — you cannot take away our care, we will fight back every time.”

In Virginia:

Virginia Democrats: “On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised Virginians that we would ‘pay much less’ for a ‘great health care program.’ But from his first days in office, he has instead waged a ruthless campaign to overturn the Affordable Care Act, threatening coverage for hundreds of thousands of Viginians and protections for millions more with preexisting conditions.”

You guessed it — read more HERE!

FROM THE GRANITE STATE TO THE SUNSHINE STATE. Wherever Trump and his cronies go, Democrats will be there to hold them accountable. See for yourself:

In Texas: 

KOSA: Democratic National Committee launches advertising campaign on Odessa American’s website ahead of President Trump’s visit. “Ahead of President Trump’s trip to Odessa and Midland today, the Democratic National Committee launched a daylong digital advertising campaign on the Odessa American’s homepage. The bright orange ads scattered up and down the newspaper’s website call out the President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling it catastrophic.”

  • Dallas Morning News: “Democrats accused [Trump] of trying to shift attention from the pandemic, for which he receives low approval ratings in Texas and nationwide … ‘They’re more concerned about covering up their failures than they are about covering up their faces with a mask,’ said Rep. Sylvia Garcia, a Houston Democrat, referring to Trump and Abbott in particular.” 
  • BONUS READ: Houston Chronicle Editorial Board: “Things have only gotten worse since you last visited in June … You can’t take Texas for granted this time. We know you don’t put much stock in independent polls, Mr. President, but a consensus is growing that Texans are losing confidence that you are the person to lead the nation out of the canyon that you and your administration have helped dig.”

In New Hampshire:

WMUR: Ahead of ‘tele-rally,’ Democratic leaders say Trump has broken promises to women. “Three New Hampshire Democratic women who formerly held top elected positions on Thursday accused President Donald Trump of breaking promises to women that he made on the campaign trail, including in New Hampshire, in 2015 and 2016 … ‘When Donald Trump appears on his tele-rally tonight, it will be a glaring reminder that his presidency is defined by a record of broken promises to Granite State women,’ [Former Rep. Carol] Shea-Porter said.”

  • Union Leader: “Earlier in the day on a call with reporters, Democrats, including former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, panned what they thought Trump would likely say … ‘In four years, he has dismantled what little our country provides to address the health and wellbeing of half of our country, breaking the promise he made to women in our state.’”

In North Carolina:

WRAL: Former Gov. Perdue: Cooper staying focused on pandemic, but Trump wasting time on politics. “Former Gov. Beverly Perdue praised Gov. Roy Cooper’s efforts to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check in North Carolina while also criticizing the federal response. President Donald Trump spends too much time worried about the political fallout and hasn’t provided a coordinated national response, Perdue says.”

In Florida: 

Florida Politics: Democrats decry Donald Trump for fundraising despite weather, virus concerns. “A hurricane is coming, the virus is here, and Florida Democrats are blasting President Donald Trump for fundraising during crisis. A quartet of disgruntled Democrats and Joe Biden surrogates took to Zoom Friday morning to blast Trump’s politically-motivated foray into Florida.”

 

  • Florida Politics: Donna Shalala rips Mike Pence ahead of Miami visit. “Shalala, the former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services and President of the University of Miami, hosted a conference call with several fellow Democratic party leaders on Monday, and she said Pence and President Donald Trump have a lot of questions to answer.”

 

In Pennsylvania:

CBS 21: PA Democrats criticize Trump administration’s handling of pandemic ahead of Pence’s visit. “Pennsylvania Democrats are using the visit as a chance to critique the Trump administration’s pandemic response, which they say has been mishandled from the start. ‘Trump has put big corporations and his millionaire and billionaire friends first, giving large bailouts to the corporations he’s tied to, rather than the small businesses that are struggling to survive,’ Nancy Patton Mills, chairperson for the PA Democrats, said.”

  • PoliticsPA: Guilfoyle to Headline ‘Catholics for Trump’ Virtual Event in PA. “The Pennsylvania Democratic Party criticized the Trump campaign over its healthcare policies, tax reform, and coronavirus response in a statement about the event … ‘No amount of spin will change the fact that Donald Trump has broken his promises to Pennsylvanians and left us behind,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Andres Anzola.”

In Minnesota: 

Refinery29: Why Is Ivanka Trump Taking Credit For Preventing Violence Against Indigenous Women? “Democratic lawmakers and Indigenous women expressed concerns and skepticism that the Trump Administration is doing much to help, especially after failing to quickly provide COVID-19 relief to tribal nations in early 2020.”

 

  • Star Tribune: “Both stops were met by protests and heavily criticized by Minnesota DFL leaders, who derided the tour as a ‘campaign photo op.’ Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, slammed the president for doing little to promote the health and safety of Native Americans while ‘demonstrating and celebrating behavior that perpetuates violence against Native women and girls.’”

 

BATTLEGROUND DEMS FLEX THEIR MUSCLE 95 DAYS OUT. Politico: State Democrats mount big comeback in 2020. “Across 15 possible battleground states, nearly every Democratic state party group is hitting higher quarterly fundraising totals or holding more cash on hand in their federal accounts than they did at this point during the 2016 presidential campaign, and a majority of them did both … Many of these state parties — responsible for field operations and coordinating a ticket-wide campaign — are seeing three, four or five times the amount of cash they did before.”

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! While Trump continues to light his own votes on fire with vote-by-mail conspiracy theories, Democrats are flocking to mail-in ballots with less than 100 days to Election Day.

ABC News: Months away from Election Day, Democrats show signs of outpacing Republicans in mail voting. “In the key battleground of Florida and Ohio, Democrats outpaced Republicans in absentee ballot requests during primary contests. North Carolina, another state that is crucial for the presidential electoral count, is slated to be among the first to mail general election ballots this fall. There, Democrats’ requests for absentee ballots currently top Republicans by nearly five times.”

YOUR WEEKEND READING: TRUMP’S BUMPY ROAD TO CHARLOTTE.

NBC News: In N.C., economic fallout for business and political repercussions for Trump. “The political bickering over the convention has left North Carolina GOP leaders worried about November, with Biden hoping to reclaim a state Democrats last won when he was on the ticket in 2008 but lost in 2012. ‘If Joe Biden wins North Carolina, Trump gets his ass kicked all across the country,’ one state Republican official told NBC News.”

  • POLITICO: “The North Carolina Democratic Party blasted Trump’s acceptance speech flip-flop as evidence of his ‘bungled response to the coronavirus.’”
  • Charlotte Observer: “Democrats called the situation ‘embarrassing.’ … ‘It seems obvious that a man who’s incapable of managing his own party’s convention certainly can’t be trusted to lead this country out of a pandemic and an economic recession.”

Make sure to follow the DNC’s War Room (@DNCWarRoom) to get real-time updates on Trump’s abuses of power and broken promises.

Happy Friday! 

The DNC Comms Team

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DNC on the Devastating Impact of the Coronavirus on Native American Tribes

1 Aug

As the coronavirus spreads across Native American communities nationwide, DNC Native Outreach Director Theresa Sheldon released the following statement: 

“Trump’s failure to control the spread of the coronavirus is taking a devastating toll on Native Americans across the country. Due to an underfunded Indian Health Service, tribal citizens have limited access to hospitals, testing, and medical supplies, and exposure to the virus is catastrophic. Yet nothing is being done by the president to protect sick and vulnerable Native citizens. The continued inaction of this administration proves just how little they care about our health and safety. As America’s first inhabitants, Tribal Nations have endured tragedy and loss far too many times. The coronavirus, and Trump’s disastrous response to it, has unleashed a new threat facing these communities.

“As we‘ve faced 19 weeks straight of over one million additional Americans filing for unemployment, with more than 100,000 small businesses permanently closed, and the largest GDP drop on record, we must also remember the impact of the recession on our Native American communities who have lost tens of thousands of jobs at record rates. Native Americans can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump. We need to elect Joe Biden, who has a plan to control the coronavirus, build back the economy, and restore dignity, services and opportunities to Tribes.”

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DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

1 Aug

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

[…]

JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.

[…]

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.

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DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

1 Aug

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.

[…]

JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.

[…]

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.

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DNC, Nebraska Dems Text 110,000 Nebraskans Encouraging Vote-By-Mail

1 Aug

This week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party held a virtual text bank encouraging Nebraskans to fill out and return an application to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Some 75 volunteers texted approximately 110,000 voters in Douglas County, continuing Democrats’ months-long effort to ensure voters can safely cast their ballots.

“Nebraskans have a right to make themselves heard without putting themselves in harm’s way,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our democracy is strongest when every voter can participate, and Democrats are using every tool we have to ensure that this pandemic isn’t used as an excuse to suppress our right to vote. By contacting and mobilizing Nebraska voters now, we’re laying the groundwork to maximize turnout in November.”

“We’re working to ensure that every Nebraskan has the information they need to safely vote,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “Our circumstances and tactics have changed, but our mission remains the same: reaching and mobilizing Nebraskans to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”

This week’s texting campaign comes as Democrats have shifted to virtual organizing tactics in the midst of COVID-19. The DNC’s acquisition of tens of millions of cell phone numbers earlier this year has allowed Democrats in Nebraska and across the country to seamlessly transition to digital-only organizing by improving voter contact and strengthening data infrastructure. Democrats have also recently launched vote-by-mail text banks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, and Georgia.

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DNC, Nebraska Dems Text 110,000 Nebraskans Encouraging Vote-By-Mail

1 Aug

This week, the Democratic National Committee and Nebraska Democratic Party held a virtual text bank encouraging Nebraskans to fill out and return an application to receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. Some 75 volunteers texted approximately 110,000 voters in Douglas County, continuing Democrats’ months-long effort to ensure voters can safely cast their ballots.

“Nebraskans have a right to make themselves heard without putting themselves in harm’s way,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our democracy is strongest when every voter can participate, and Democrats are using every tool we have to ensure that this pandemic isn’t used as an excuse to suppress our right to vote. By contacting and mobilizing Nebraska voters now, we’re laying the groundwork to maximize turnout in November.”

“We’re working to ensure that every Nebraskan has the information they need to safely vote,” said Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb. “Our circumstances and tactics have changed, but our mission remains the same: reaching and mobilizing Nebraskans to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”

This week’s texting campaign comes as Democrats have shifted to virtual organizing tactics in the midst of COVID-19. The DNC’s acquisition of tens of millions of cell phone numbers earlier this year has allowed Democrats in Nebraska and across the country to seamlessly transition to digital-only organizing by improving voter contact and strengthening data infrastructure. Democrats have also recently launched vote-by-mail text banks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, and Georgia.

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