Jul 21: President Trump announces at the resumed Coronavirus Task Force briefings that the virus will “probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better,” as the daily death rate rises over 1,000 in the last day. He signs a presidential memorandum calling for excluding undocumented immigrants from being counted when new congressional district maps are drawn next year. He vents to Bob Woodward: “The virus has nothing to do with me. It’s not my fault.” Woodward reports this in his September book, Rage. a A federal study published in JAMA Internal Medicine argues that U.S. coronavirus cases could be from six to 24 times higher than current confirmed total. Two experimental vaccines, one from AstraZeneca and the other from CanSino Biologics, show promising results against COVID-19. Twitter bans 7,000 accounts that have been repeating QAnon conspiracy theories.
Jul 22: HHS and the Department of Defense (DOD) strike a partnership with biotech giants Pfizer and BioNTech for a December delivery of 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate, BNT162. California surpasses New York as the state with the most COVID cases. The House votes to remove statues of Confederate figures from the Capitol. “It’s past time that we end the glorification of men who committed treason against the United States in a concerted effort to keep African Americans in chains,” says bill co-sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). President Trump announces that his administration is expanding a crackdown on violent crime by sending “hundreds” of federal agents to the Democratic-run cities of Chicago and Albuquerque.
Jul 23: Findings from a research letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that levels of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, dropped dramatically across the first 3 months of infection. At this rate, researchers note that antibody resistance would be depleted within a year, although experts note that the possibility of being infected again with the virus is very unlikely. The U.S. hits 4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19
“Have you seen this??” emails a colleague in epidemiology, pointing to the news that the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense have reached an agreement to pay Pfizer Inc. and the German firm BioNtech SE $1.95 billion to produce a vaccine when it becomes available. They will produce at least 100 million doses of a vaccine and the United States Government will have first access to it. This is part of Operation Warp Speed, the government program run by former drug industry executives to make sure that when the COVID-19 vaccine is discovered, Americans will get it first. These executives have not all divested themselves from the companies that are receiving federal money. Billions have already gone to companies like Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. This is not inherently problematic; these are the companies that have the resources to pursue a vaccine. They are filled with earnest people working hard to end this pandemic. “What makes the deal with Pfizer and BioNtech worrisome,” my epidemiologist colleague writes, “is that the rate paid per dose is double what these other companies promised.”
 Madeline Monroe, “$2 Billion Vaccine Deal with Pfizer Raises Pricing Concerns,” Text, TheHill, July 23, 2020, https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/508619-2-billion-vaccine-deal-with-pfizer-raises-pricing-concerns.; Yasmeen Abutaleb and Laurie McGinley, “Ousted Vaccine Official Alleges He Was Demoted for Prioritizing ‘Science and Safety,’” Washington Post, May 5, 2020, https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/05/rick-bright-hydroxychloroquine-whistleblower-complaint/
After a July 22 Black Lives Matter rally in Portland, protesters clashed with federal officers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, escalating tensions. The Washington Post. “Portland Protesters Say Federal Forces Are Fueling City’s Anger over Policing.” Accessed May 19, 2021. https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/portland-protesters-say-federal-forces-are-fueling-citys-anger-over-policing/2020/07/23/0b0df91c-d7fb-4b03-b3ff-52590e59b511_video.html.
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Now that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler experienced FIRST-HAND what protestors are going through, I hope he will do something about it!! He said it himself, “With 100% honesty I saw nothing that provoked this response. I’m not afraid but I am pissed off.” pic.twitter.com/aHCNRrfoF2— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) July 23, 2020
Federal agents in Portland “kidnapped” and detained a disabled person when they were chalking on the street. Here’s what happened: pic.twitter.com/F4wnwRsTCD— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 23, 2020
If you don't look at the blackwater mercenaries for hire (by a tyrannical wannabe autocratic president) in Portland intimidating and terrorizing US citizens using taxpayer dollars there is no violation of civil rights, the US Constitution, democracy or the law. Very good shape 👌 pic.twitter.com/NO1EYSwnwK— DrAmariSpeaks (@DrAmariSpeaks) July 23, 2020
The Justice Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into allegations of DOJ personnel improperly using force in Portland, Ore., as well as an inquiry into their role in responding to mass protests in D.C. https://t.co/0A9qrftGya— NPR (@NPR) July 23, 2020
Wisconsin's Attorney General @JoshKaulWI issued this thunderous statement re Trump sending federal troops to Wisconsin: "we have witnessed the President employing fascist tactics… I will be speaking out against their presence here, and I will take any appropriate legal action." pic.twitter.com/zYIxkuNCOG— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) July 23, 2020
Dr Fauci’s #OpeningDay first pitch is a metaphor for 2020 pic.twitter.com/on8zSip91L— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2020
After “moms” and “dads,” the next astroturfing campaign for the Portland riots are … “patriots.” #antifa pic.twitter.com/xD7J58WS4v— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 23, 2020
11 #GOP congressional nominees support QAnon conspiracy – Axios https://t.co/AbzREO5zeI— WebsterGTarpley (@WebsterGTarpley) July 23, 2020
AN0NS, are we about to learn who was on Epstein's plane/island in 2013?— Lile Starseed (@LileStarseed) July 23, 2020
July 12, 2019 (1y delta)
[Wheels Up] flight logs [CLAS 1-99] under investigation by FBI/DOJ?
*Judge Orders Release of #Epstein Flight Logs in #GhislaineMaxwell Lawsuit*#QAnon #WWG1WGA #Trump pic.twitter.com/2RulzgZV5k
* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020), the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/), the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (theweek.com), as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.