U.S. Department of health is busy with public relations before the election

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, the internal documents obtained by the US political newspaper in August 31st showed that the Federal Ministry of health and public service is bidding for a public relations contract with a total amount of about 250 million dollars. The goal is to “inspire” the confidence of the US public in overcoming the new crown epidemic situation. The document points out that the U.S. Department of health hopes the winning companies can spend most of the $250 million by January next year. The US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 3. If there is no accident, the new president will take office in January next year. < / P > < p > a few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of health sent a performance statement to a number of public relations companies, listing the work expected to be completed by the successful bidder. The purpose of the bidding is to “overcome despair and stimulate hope”, share the best operation experience of enterprises under the new normal after the epidemic, and inject confidence into the people’s resumption of work and restart the economy. < / P > < p > the U.S. Department of health intends to build a “spokesperson alliance” across the country to provide information for the public on public health, new crown therapy and vaccines; at the same time, it plans to carry out market research on the needs of different audiences and “provide customized information for specific groups”, including business and public places, schools, religious organizations, nurseries and law enforcement departments. < / P > < p > people familiar with the matter told political daily that about 10 to 12 PR companies are interested in bidding, but most of them are not well-known. Two other companies gave up after reading the letter of intent. < / P > < p > it is reported that the health institutions of the current administration of the United States are facing more and more doubts in recent weeks. Stephen Hahn, the director of the Federal Food and drug administration, admitted that he exaggerated the benefits of plasma therapy for convalescent patients when he attended a regular press conference with President Donald Trump last week, and that the positions of government health officials on epidemic prevention measures such as “whether to wear masks” were inconsistent. < / P > < p > in the next few months, the drug administration is facing a key decision: whether to grant emergency use authorization of new crown vaccine. A poll conducted by politico and moning last month showed that nearly one in five American adults refused to get the new vaccine, and some worried that the approval of the vaccine was driven by political rather than scientific factors. Only 14% of respondents said they would prefer the vaccine recommended by trump. < / P > < p > under former US President Barack Obama, a health department official was surprised that the health department of this administration spent a lot of money on public relations. The official believes that even if large-scale public relations are intended, they should be implemented in March, “not on the eve of the election.”. Another Obama era Health Department official thinks the scale of the proposed project is appropriate, especially the part related to “preparing for the vaccination of the new crown vaccine”. However, it is “a bit strange” that the bidding contract mentions “restarting the economy” It sounds far beyond the routine responsibilities of the Ministry of health.