In a wrap-up of events around the world, virologist turned whistle blower Dr Rich Bright told US Congress on Thursday (14 May) that covid-19 vaccine distribution could become an “issue without plans”.

Bright said he was also concerned about issues surrounding the supply of personal protective equipment and drugs such as remdesivir.

The ousted director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority said more than 100 approaches were being taken to make a vaccine but that wouldn’t be enough if it “wasn’t distributed properly”.

While vaccine effectiveness can vary, recent studies by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, show vaccination against flu reduces the risk of catching it by 40 to 60 per cent.

With some scientists arguing that figure has always been the norm, questions remain considering covid-19.

A case of confict

US democratic senator Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, insisted it was “better not to own any stocks if you are a United States senator”.

His words follow accusations by Martin Armstrong, of Armstrong Economics. He wrote on his blog there were “high-up people who sold everything they had at the end of January”. His accusation was they had sold up “on the basis of a coming virus”.

However, I must point out Armstrong is the main subject of The Forecaster, a documentary about his life and arrest. It was widely banned when it was released in 2014.

IMDb described the documentary as: “A man designs a model that can predict the future. He calculates developments in the world economy with eerie accuracy and even the outbreak of wars. Until the FBI is on his doorstep and he is sent to prison. A free man again, he shares his views on the financial crisis and offers his solutions to governments.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused Bright of “not paying attention” to the Trump administration’s response to covid-19 after Bright claimed there had been no co-ordinated response to the pandemic.

We stand in murky waters, it seems, where allegation follows allegation as all the major economic indexes fall sharply.

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