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11.20.20

GOP senator in Pfizer trial urges trust in Covid vaccines: ‘This is how we bring an end to this pandemic’

Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana on Friday urged Americans to have confidence in the coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, relying on his experience as a participant in the companies' phase three clinical trial. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant and German biotech firm said earlier Friday they intended to apply for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making them the first companies to do so for a Covid-19 vaccine. Final data released this week show… Continue Reading


11.20.20

U.S. Senator Steve Daines explains his experience in Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced earlier this week his participation in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial and that he has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. "The only way we're going to end this pandemic is by getting a vaccine out to the American people," Senator Daines said via phone to Wake Up Montana. Pfizer says their vaccine 95% effective and is seeking the FDA emergency use authorization. "My mom told me about it," Senator Daines said, "my parents live in Bozeman and my mo… Continue Reading


11.19.20

Daines participates in vaccine trial

Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday that he participated in the COVID-19 vaccine trial for Pfizer, and that he believes he was given a successful dose. Daines later tested positive for antibodies, which does not mean he has the virus but would indicate possible immunity. He participated in the trial run out of Bozeman Health, which included volunteers in Bozeman, where Daines lives. The blind trial was part of Pfizer's vaccine development. The drug manufacturer announced Wednesday it… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Sen. Steve Daines says he's been part of Pfizer trial for COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Wednesday he has been part of Pfizer's trial for a COVID-19 vaccine, saying he wanted to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and others wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved. Pfizer has announced their vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the spread of the respiratory illness. As of noon Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 11.3 million cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 247,834 deaths. Daines… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Daines among participants in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial

Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines has a unique perspective on one of the two COVID-19 vaccines that's nearing the finish line. Daines was a participant in the vaccine trial for Pfizer's formulation, which is one of two mRNA-based vaccines taking vaccination science where it hasn't been before. Pfizer and Moderna have both announced that their vaccines are 94 to 95 percent effective. Each uses human genes to teach the immune system to recognize the spike protein on the SARS-CoV-2 coronav… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Daines Calls COVID Vaccine Safe After Participating in Trial

HELENA - Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after participating in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial. Daines' announcement came as drug company Pfizer said its vaccine is 95% effective. The company plans to seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in the coming days. The senator and his wife were part of a group of over 100 Montana residents participating in the trial. "My goal is to help build confidenc… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Daines reveals was part of vaccine test

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said today he was one of the people who participated in a trial of the vaccine pharmaceutical company Pfizer says appears to be 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19, and he encourages everyone to get the vaccination if it is approved and becomes available. Daines said part of the reason he wanted to be part of the test is to encourage all Montanans to get vaccinated once it is available. He said other than slight soreness in his arm, similar to after rec… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Sen. Daines taking part in Pfizer COVID-19 blind trial, tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

HELENA- Senator Steve Daines announced he is participating in a blind trial for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. A release from Daines says he has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Daines says his mother told him of Pfizer looking for people to take part in their COVID-19 trial in Bozeman, Daines and his wife enrolling in the trial. From Daines' release: "My goal is to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine when … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Daines participates in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial, calls vaccine safe

Missoula, MT - On Thursday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced his participation in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial out of Bozeman. It's a blind trial, but Daines later tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and stated in a press call he believes he received the vaccine. Prior to and during the trial he says he never tested positive or showed symptoms of COVID-19. "My goal in all of this was to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people who are wondering if they s… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Senator and Mrs. Daines Participate in COVID Vaccine Trial

Senator Steve Daines held a press conference on Wednesday to announce that he and Mrs. Daines participated in a trial for the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine. Daines said he learned about the trial from a most unlikely source; his mother. "Thanks to that call from my mom, my wife and I decided to go online and enroll in the trial," he said. "We joined over 100 Montanans, many from the area there in southwest Montana who were participating in that particular trial." Daines said the results turned out … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Daines confirms participation in COVID-19 vaccine trial, positive antibody test

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced on Wednesday that he has participated in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine blind trial. Participants in a blind trial do not know if they are receiving the treatment or a placebo, but Daines has since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, according to a news release. "My goal is to help build confidence and trust for Montanans and the American people wondering if they should take the vaccine when it is approved," Daines stated in the release. "Wh… Continue Reading


11.13.20

Bipartisan resolution honoring Montana wildland firefighters, first responders passes U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing the bravery, sacrifice, and heroism of wildland firefighters and first responders across Montana and the nation has passed the U.S. Senate. The resolution also honors those who have lost their lives this fire season, including Montanans Tom Duffy and Sara Madsen. "Montana's wildland firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and families from devast… Continue Reading


11.12.20

Veterans get free access to federal lands – for life

U.S. military veterans and Gold Star families now have free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands used for hunting and recreation, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday. "With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a news release. Gold S… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Veterans outdoor recovery act passes

Big news for Montana veterans. On November 10, Senator Daines' bipartisan bill, the "Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act," passed the U.S. Senate and is headed to the president's desk to be signed into law. Daines' bill promotes outdoor veteran recovery programs and helps expand outdoor recreational opportunities for veterans on public lands. "In Montana, we know how important our outdoor heritage is to our Montana way of life," Daines said. "That's why I'm glad to see the Senate pass … Continue Reading


11.06.20

Daines announces Montana Veterans, Gold Star Families to get free entrance to National Parks

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the Department of the Interior will grant Montana veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020. "Montana veterans and Gold Star Families have given so much defending our freedom. I'm thankful to the Trump administration and Secretary Bernhardt for granting free admission to our national parks and public lands for our nation's heroes and Gold Star Families," Daines said. Ear… Continue Reading


11.01.20

Veterans, Gold Star, fifth graders get into federal parks for free

The Department of the Interior is granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Nov. 11, 2020. Gold Star families were added to free admission to parks under legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Daines earlier this year. Gold Star families are those who are next of kin to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in a qualifying situation, such as war, international terrorist attack, or military operations outside of the Uni… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Veterans, Gold Star, fifth graders get into federal parks for free

The Department of the Interior is granting veterans and Gold Star families free access to national parks and other public lands starting Nov. 11, 2020. Gold Star families were added to free admission to parks under legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Daines earlier this year. Gold Star families are those who are next of kin to a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in a qualifying situation, such as war, international terrorist attack, or military operations outside of… Continue Reading


10.28.20

Justice Amy Coney Barrett will protect Montana's way of life

Earlier this year, I joined two Montana families at the United States Supreme Court. I went to hear the oral arguments for a landmark case very relevant to the state of Montana. The case was about equal protection under the Constitution, religious freedom, and protecting Montana families and children from being discriminated against because of the school they choose. I saw nine brilliant Supreme Court justices ask tough questions to both sides. Frankly, I saw the finest hour of debate that I'v… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Daines Votes to Confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was at the White House on Monday night following the successful confirmation vote for now Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Barrett was an incredible nominee who was anticipated to make the court for several years prior to her nomination. The photo above was likely the most memorable moment of her confirmation hearings. At one point, a senator on the Judiciary Committee asked Barrett what she had in front of her in terms of notes. She had to … Continue Reading


10.27.20

Daines, Tester offer contrasting views on Barrett's confirmation

Montana's Republican senator celebrated the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday while the state's Democratic senator condemned the vote and accused the GOP of hypocrisy, illustrating the partisan divide that has hung over the court vacancy since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Barrett, a conservative appeals court judge, to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, just 30 days after President Donald Trump… Continue Reading

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