“At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent.” WaPo: Newly revealed USPS documents show an agency struggling to manage Trump, Amazon and the pandemic.

+ If that had happened, tens of thousands of lives may have been saved, your kids would be in school right now, and America’s light at the end of the pandemic tunnel wouldn’t be as obscured as the West coast skies. But for it to have happened, the administration would have needed to he honest about the threat of the virus, the way it spreads, the efficacy of masks, and, as it turns out, the vital importance of the postal service to our democracy. Instead we went from Mask It to Casket. And at this point, even as we approach 200,000 deaths, President Trump is publicly humiliating the head of the CDC for discussing the importance of mask wearing and also making stuff up about the stage of vaccine development (he doesn’t believe in science, but he knows more about it than scientists.)

+ Moderna vaccine trial blueprint: Answers on efficacy may not come until next spring.

+ Trump blames ‘blue states’ for increasing nation’s coronavirus death rates, ignores high rates in red states. (Now Trump is trying to convince dead people in red states that they’re not dead.)