On the eve of the Republican National Convention where President Trump hopes to revive his flagging political fortunes, he will announce the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma for covid-19, a treatment that already has been given to more than 70,000 patients, according to officials familiar with the decision.

In a tweet late Saturday night, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the announcement at 5:30 p.m. Sunday involved “a major therapeutic breakthrough on the China virus.” Officials confirmed on Sunday the treatment is convalescent plasma; they spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the issue. The White House declined comment.

Many scientists and physicians believe that convalescent plasma might provide some benefit but is far from a breakthrough. It is rich in antibodies that could be helpful in fighting the coronavirus, but the evidence so far has not been conclusive about whether it works, when to administer it and what dose is needed…..


Trump has wanted an ‘October Surprise’ annoucment of a virus vaccine ok….

His buddy Russian President Putin has already announced a vaccine ok  for a one that has not be cleared thru it’s trials….

Trump May Fast Track Vaccine Before Election

“The Trump administration is considering bypassing normal US regulatory standards to fast-track an experimental coronavirus vaccine from the UK for use in America ahead of the presidential election,” the Financial Times reports….


Trump has been beating up the FDA in public to get them to ok a vaccine as soon as possible…

The White House is mounting an extraordinary public pressure campaign on the Food and Drug Administration to speed up its reviews of potential treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus.

Appearing on Sunday talk shows, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, amplified an accusation Mr. Trump made on Twitter Saturday, when the president claimed that a “deep state” at the F.D.A. was intentionally slow-walking approval of new therapies to harm him politically.

Without evidence, Mr. Trump asserted that the agency, which is responsible for approving new medicines, was “hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd” — Election Day — and he urged its officials to “focus on speed, and saving lives!”

The tweet prompted backlash from Democrats and some health experts, who warned that the president was trying to short-circuit the safeguards that regulators rely on to ensure that drugs and treatments are safe and effective.

Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, called Mr. Trump’s claim “very dangerous.”

“Even for him,” she said Saturday at a news conference, “it went beyond the pale, in terms of how he would jeopardize the health and well-being of the American people, accuse the F.D.A. of politics, when he is the one who has tried to inject himself in the scientific decisions of the administration.”

“Staggeringly dangerous,” Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the journal Science, tweeted in response to the president’s statement. Referring to Stephen Hahn, the F.D.A. commissioner, he wrote, “We need @SteveFDA to stay strong.”

Mr. Trump’s handling of the pandemic has cost him politically, and criticism of him on that point was a major theme of the Democratic National Convention last week. With the Republican National Convention beginning on Monday, his team is under pressure to shift the narrative.



Virus cases ARE declining and so Are deaths from it…..

Tracking the Coronavirus ›

United States › On Aug. 22 14-day change Trend
New cases 45,031 -19%
New deaths 950 -3%