Coronavirus Roundup: FDA Senior Career Officials Assert Science is Guiding Pandemic Response; Trump Said ‘Perhaps’ He Misled the Public on Pandemic Severity

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On Thursday morning, the Justice Department and officials from other agencies and inspector general offices announced that since May they’ve charged 57 people for trying to steal $175 million from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which led to $70 million in losses for the government. The department said they’ve recovered $30 million so far and expect to add to that soon. Here are some other recent headlines you might have missed. Internal emails obtained by Politico showed that a top aide at the Health and Human Services Department has been trying to dictate what Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and White House coronavirus task force member, says to the press. “Lengthy messages” from Paul Alexander, a senior adviser to HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo, “some sent as recently as this week, are couched as scientific arguments,” said the report on Wednesday. “But they often contradict mainstream science while promoting political positions taken by the Trump administration on hot-button issues ranging from the use of convalescent plasma to school reopening.” Fauci told Politico he hasn’t seen the emails and asserted no one tells him what to say. Eight senior …

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