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Tag Archives: 2019-2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

Biden-Harris administration says yes to suspending patents on coronavirus vaccines

Excerpt: The United States has decided to join most of the world community in endorsing a policy of suspending patents on coronavirus vaccines, in a win for global health.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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U.S. Senate passes Biden’s American Rescue Plan with concessions to Senator Joe Manchin

Excerpt: With Alaska's United States Senator Dan Sullivan absent, Vice President Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote was not needed to pass the bill. All fifty Democratic senators voted for it, while the other forty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Must-read Seattle Times story details how Eyman initiatives sabotaged public health

Excerpt: Washington State's public health departments have been woefully underfunded for years, and we're now paying the price. The problem dates back to the early 2000s, when a pair of destructive Tim Eyman initiatives were implemented.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans seek to devitalize COVID relief bill that will define Biden’s presidency

Excerpt: The Republicans’ offer may well be a gambit designed to get skin in the game. If the past offers any indication, however, the process will get drawn out and urgency will be lost if Biden decides to try to do a deal with them.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest mounts valiant effort to avoid wintertime virus spike

Excerpt: From the ashes of the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, attempts at righting the situation are in progress. (Sadly, so are attempts to make things even worse.)
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Progressive champion Representative Pramila Jayapal has tested positive for COVID-19

Excerpt: Sad news to share: our own Representative Pramila Jayapal says that she has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Read her full statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government
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U.S. House resoundingly adopts CASH Act to boost COVID-19 recovery payments to $2,000

Excerpt: The legislation earned the near unanimous support of the Democratic caucus. Democrats were joined by forty-four Republicans, including Washington State's Jaime Herrera Beutler and Oregon's Greg Walden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BC’s NDP government authorizes COVID-19 relief as province begins a dark, dreary winter

Excerpt: Premier John Horgan's government has put together a COVID-19 Recovery Benefit program, in which an estimated 3.7 million B.C. residents will get grants up to $1,000 (Canadian) per family and $500 for individuals.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Donald Trump says that he and Melania Trump have tested positive for SARS-CoV‑2

Excerpt: Having spent months utterly failing to protect Americans from COVID-19 and completely disregarding the guidance of public health experts, Donald Trump now finds himself and his wife infected with the virus.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Scramble for the Senate: Can Al Gross topple Republican Dan Sullivan in the Last Frontier?

Excerpt: Senate Democrats are backing a quintessentially Alaskan doctor who is running as an independent in the hopes that he can pull off an upset win.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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COVID-19 Update: Many school districts plan to open for the fall in remote-only mode

Excerpt: As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the longer-term repercussions of the nation's failure to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic are starting to become painfully apparent.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Business, social activities restricted as region struggles to combat virus

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest is trying to determine the best combination of restrictions to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 without going back to a full scale lockdown.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency powers affirmed by federal judge

Excerpt: While new cases of COVID-19 proliferate, the right wing continues to hamper efforts to fight the virus, despite losing a major legal challenge.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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