Food And Drug Administration, CDC, Jen White discussed on 1A



One, eh? I'm Jen White in Washington. The man suspected of shooting and killing a right wing activist in Portland has been shot and killed himself. Protests continue to Rock Rochester, New York After police there suffocated a black man in custody. And in the background of all of this, the presidential election is just two months away, and both candidates have officially hit the campaign trail. We'll get to that in a whole lot more on the Friday news round up today. So let's jump in Jane Coast and is a senior politics reporter at Fox Jane. It's great to have you back. Thanks for having me. Also with the Shane Harris covers intelligence and National security at the Washington Post. Shane Great to have you here. Thanks, Jen. And also Kimberly Adams, the hosting correspondent with Marketplace Kimberly. Thanks for joining us Nice to be here. So let's start with some big pandemic related news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order this week to protect renters from eviction. Jane, Why is this coming from the CDC? And what does this order due for tenants? So it's coming from the CDC. And it's what LA lot of people have said. It's a ground breaking test of the CDC is power, and it basically uses a 1940 for law and a very broad interpretation of that. That gives the CDC power to take whatever not action it deems necessary to stop the interstate transmission of an infectious disease. Thea argument being but if you are Evicted from your home, you would be forced to move in with someone say who lives beyond state lines say you need to move back in with your parents or with family members that could help to spread the disease. And so the CDC would essentially prohibit landlords from kicking out tenants solely because they can't afford to pay and it covers any renter who can expect to make less than $99,000 this year who seeks Federal housing aid or would fall in the homelessness if they were evicted. The challenge is that this order looks like it was put together fairly carefully. But most landlords are themselves smaller entities, so it might be someone who just runs out of room in their own home. And so as we facing a continuing economic crisis, this could put landlords who up for understandable reasons. Of a very bad reputation in this country. They could put them at economic risk as well and can really put this into context for us how big of a problem have evictions become during the pandemic. Well, they weren't really allowed to become that big of a problem because you had within the cares Act a moratorium on evictions. After that ran out. Several states and local governments have their own eviction moratoriums. And now, with this being rolled out, landlords have put a lot of these evictions on pause. But you have a potentially millions tens of millions of people who could be evicted in this current economic climate and something interesting about this order, and I'm sure it will be subject to legal challenges for All the reasons that were just mentioned, But it doesn't stop landlords from charging fees, back rent, interest or any of these other things to the people who are not evicted, which means that come January unless something is done by by Congress. People who are at risk of event evictions could find themselves with a giant bill. They're not able to pay. Shane. Some people are saying this order doesn't go far enough. What would critics like to see? Well, I think that they would really like to see is something put into a new stimulus or a relief package, which is still being debated in Congress that would help subsidize this. So that's that what Kimberly was saying The potential outcome of a big bill come down the line that some of that could be subsidised or even covered by making payments to a landlord or potentially giving renters subsidies. The stopgap measure that we're dealing with now keeps people in their home. It doesn't forestall the economic pinch. That's going to be coming for them. And of course, when they do get back on their feet as we hope they will. They might be like, you know, facing double rent payments potentially. So I think people would like to see money put in and set aside specifically for this housing crisis, and that is still being debated as lawmakers tussle with What will or will not go into a relief package and how big it can be ending with the understanding that this order is really testing. The limits of the CDC is power. How is it being enforced? Well, I think that that remains to be seen. I think that this is going to expect a lot of challenges. So the order it's there's also previously issued federal protections. This order is going to be challenged in court and whether or not this actually ends up happening, especially because there could you if this order goes into place or doesn't go into place, we could face a housing crisis in the beginning of 2021. So how the government expects to enforce this. That will be a question that I think will be raised in the courts. Will. The CDC also alerted states this week to be ready to distribute a Corona virus vaccine as early as November? 1st. That's two days before the presidential election and Kimberlee. I've got to say that's auspicious timing. How much concern is this? Raising that the process is politically motivated? Obviously a lot of concern. And you know if you want to be optimistic, you, Khun say, hey, that It's also around time for flu shots. And so maybe this infrastructure could be used for that. But President Trump has long promised that we would have a vaccine much earlier than health officials said that we would and the state of the trials as they are right now. Sure, there are some really encouraging trials happening right now. But the idea that we will have a vaccine ready for a nationwide rollout a couple of days before the election is not realistic based on what I've seen, and there are a lot of people very concerned about the political timing of it. That said, I mean, having infrastructure in place is very different than having a baby. Scene Well, there is debate within the Trump administration over whether the Food and Drug Administration should use its emergency authority to clear vaccine before it's approved. That would make it easier to roll out of vaccine before Election Day. But this comes as concerns continued to grow over the politicization of the FDA. Jane. First off is the administration putting political pressure on the FDA. I think it's fairly clear that they are you've seen even in Trump's tweets, where he talks about the deep state getting involved with the FDA and the FDA. The FDA is Dr Stephen Han has essentially said he was asked if he would be ready to go if you would resign. If you were pressured to release the vaccine before he feels one is ready, and he said Quote. All options are on the table. And so you've had numerous people who have essentially said that the FDA is being put under a lot of political pressure, but I think it's important to be clear here that it's it's understandable political pressure you've heard from both Democrats and Republicans that if there were to be a workable Corona virus covert 19 vaccine As soon as October. That would be fantastic news and that the ability to do so that would immunize between 20 and 25 million people. That would be fantastic news not just for Thehe Merican economy but the American populace as a whole..

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