DAY 50 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 50 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 <<<<>>> A major pharma firm made headlines in the US and around the world today. Gilead Sciences released data from a US government study that suggests the drug REMDESIVIR showed encouraging results in the treatment of of COVID-19. The trial suggests the drug reduces recovery time for COVID patients. That news also drove stock market gains today. We’ll talk to Jon Erlichman from BNN Bloomberg coming up later in the podcast. Manitoba was the latest province to lay out plans to re-open its economy. Premier Brian Pallister announced a multi-phase plan that will begin May 4. As we told you yesterday, the Prime Minister and the premiers have agreed on a basic set of guidelines for re-opening the economy across the country. But as provinces begin to ease the lockdown restrictions, Doug Ford told people in neighbouring provinces to stay away from Ontario. The Premier acknowleged the numbers are showing a “positive trend,” but he is still waiting before assigning any dates to reopen the economy. Ford also announced that Ontario will be expanding its temporary “pandemic pay” to a number of other front-line workers, including paramedics. China is accusing Australia of “petty tricks” following calls for a coronavirus inquiry. Meanwhile, Beijing is criticizing US President Donald Trump's suggestion of virus reparations. US Vice President comes under fire for not wearing a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Best estimates suggest almost 40% of retailers in Britain will not recover from the COVID-19 lockdown. May 8th marks the 75 anniversary of VE Day, Victory in Europe in World War II. There will be no street parties, but a national singalong is being organized in the UK. <<<>>> IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford. DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.