Moncef Slaoui, head of the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” project to develop a coronavirus vaccine, listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliversremarks about vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Credit – Drew Angerer—Getty Images
As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its 10th month, the pressure to develop an effective vaccine, or vaccines, continues to mount. Speaking at the Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington Vaccine Symposium online, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, scientific head of Operation Warp Speed—the government organization funding and supporting development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines—provided the latest updates on when a vaccine (and how many doses) might be available in coming months.
Perhaps most strikingly, Slaoui said that the government has told vaccine manufacturers not to seek authorization of their drugs from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday suggested that any effort by the Senate to obtain and disclose President Trump’s tax records so soon before the election could violate the internal revenue code.
Grassley, when pressed by a reporter over whether he would seek to obtain Trump’s tax records, indicated that he’s worried about them being used for “political purposes” before Election Day.
Senate Republicans are under pressure to delve into Trump’s tax records after The New York Times published a bombshell report Sunday that Trump paid no federal income taxes in 11 of 18 years and that he claimed a $72.9 million tax refund that is now the subject of an IRS audit.
The Times also reported that Trump owes $421 million in loans that are coming due within four years,