seeking commissioner clarity in chester county politics

Last evening there was the Zoom Pow Wow of Endorsement for the Chester County Democrats. To say I am confused by some of the outcome would be an understatement. I also heard it was a Zoom that needs a replay but that will never happen, right?

All sorts of things about people seemingly trying to get back what had been removed from and candidates who didn’t exactly shine as Republicans, trying to become candidates as Democrats and seeking endorsement no less? The Chesco Dems released a very distilled and watery press release much like their Republican counterparts, but suffice it to say I heard from both sides of the aisle nothing to write home about, right?

I am conflicted about Marian Moskowitz. She is self made, which I respect, but I question sometimes WHY she serves in public office? And a big part of WHY I am troubled is the whole Advaite of it all.. I wrote about Advaite (check out their press releases) again yesterday in conjunction with a new court case that is kind of adjacent related, right?

Advaite is a Chester County COVID thing. And it seems along the lines of bad like Philly Fighting COVID was, doesn’t it? And it cost Chester County a big black eye and lots of money which affects taxpayers, residents, etc., right?

The National Whistleblowers Center has an interesting piece on their website that made me think about this again this morning:

Philly Fighting COVID fiasco highlights how fraud arises in times of crisis
by Nick Younger, Communications Associate

A recent scandal in Philadelphia involving a local startup embroiled in a public health fiasco showcases how times of crisis can allow fraud to rear its ugly head. As financial and public pressures to succeed create more opportunities for fraud to be committed, similar cases of mismanagement and ineptitude may surface across the country.

Philly Fighting COVID began as startup using 3-D printing to create face-shields for students at Drexel University. It then became a non-profit aiding the city of Philadelphia with testing, working with partner organizations to provide community testing.

Upon news of vaccine approvals in the fall, Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO, 22-year-old graduate student Andrei Doroshin, began to impress himself upon city officials. With claims of vaccinating between 500,000 to 1.5 million people through five mass-vaccination sites, Doroshin and his startup seemingly appeared right when Philadelphia needed them.

The startup secured a deal with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health after pitching its services to the Philadelphia City Council in November 2020. While it did not sign an official contract, it received a portion of Philadelphia’s vaccine allotment. However, problems began to arise shortly thereafter.

An investigation by WHYY, a Philadelphia public media organization, revealed that in December, Philly Fighting COVID reorganized as a for-profit company, Vax Populi. According to WHYY, Philly Fighting COVID officials maintained that “a for-profit entity was needed to bill insurance companies for reimbursements from the vaccine, a plainly untrue claim in a city with numerous nonprofit health care providers.”

Following that, in January, Philly Fighting COVID closed down all testing events, leaving community members effectively in the dust as Doroshin told partnered groups that testing was no longer important….

Communities, strapped for resources made acute by the pandemic, can be targeted by those looking to profit off of rapid spurts of funds, “get-rich-quick” schemes and assorted administrative chaos that arises in crises. While it may not explicitly be fraud, it is clear that Philly Fighting COVID aimed to profit off of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Philadelphia.

Similar schemes may be happening across the country. With more cities desperate to vaccinate their citizens, misplaced trust in organizations like Philly Fighting COVID can lead to fraudulent activity, negligence, and delinquency of duties. With opportunities for fraud on the rise, those brave individuals who speak out like Lipinsky or Flamholtz could be critical in identifying fraudulent actors and rooting them out from high-profile positions.

So Advaite. Remember the glowing press release in 2020? Here:

Then came the black eye and many other articles like:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester County spent $13 million on coronavirus antibody tests. Then it quietly shelved the program. by Marie McCullough and William Bender
Updated Sep 17, 2020

There are more articles on the topic. Until recently, I only read a couple of them. But then I started to read more about Advaite. And I began to wonder. Then came the whys without answers.

Marian Moskowitz was newish to her commissionership when Advaite happened, right? But where I am troubled is, WHY did she push so hard for this? Personal relationships? Glory? Trying to do right by big campaign donors to many politicians from Chester County and others including former Gov. Tom Wolf?

There is obviously some sort of a relationship because it seems to show up in emails released in a Right to Know over Advaite. Here to follow are some and I quietly suggest if Marian Moskowitz in running again and has been endorsed by the Chester County Democrats which seem as problematic right now as their Montgomery County PA counterparts, she needs to talk about this and explain her exact role, right? Just like she needs to explain why she has seemingly turned a blind eye to her constituency affected by pipelines, right?

Maybe just maybe in the end Advaite will be chalked up to a “mistake”, except this is a “mistake” that cost Chester County millions, didn’t it? And continues to grow legs seemingly? A reader sent me a comment about the company recently:

Advaite really is a company.  Innovative, therapeutic and healthcare solutions.

BUT the word “advaita” is totally ..something else

https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5234/advaita

This one is worth reading more of.

What is Advaita? – Definition from Yogapedia

https://www.yogapedia.com › definition › advaita

Advaita is a Sanskrit word that translates as “not two” or “no second.” This gives the idea that the inner Self, or Atman, is the same as the Absolute Reality, that is Brahman.

The meaning of ADVAITA is Vedanta nondualism that denies the separateness of any aspect of reality from the impersonal oneness of Brahman.

Marian, come on now, you got to office as a Wolf gal, correct? Well now it’s time to stand on your own and not be a wheeler dealer of connections. That all has it’s place in this world, but Chester County needs and deserves answers. It can’t just be a continual inter-political party swirling mess of Democrat in-fighting and it can’t be the Hatfields and McCoys of it all, Democrats vs. Republicans. If you wish to continue to lead, lead by example: transparency, full disclosure, etc. How you act can also affect Josh Maxwell, who really does his best literally every day. So if you don’t provide clarity for the sake of the residents of Chester County, do it for your running mate.

Thanks for stopping by today to my ponder fest.

bring the popcorn to chester county….

I do not even know where to go with this. So just throwing it all out there.

Does “Advaite” really mean “CRAZY”?

I will say this ALL ties to the Advaite kerfuffle. Don’t remember Advaite? The case of the missing COVID antibodies tests? The company based out of Malvern (East Whiteland Township)?

I am astounded at the layers upon layers to this whole thing around Advaite and the county, and many politicians as well?

Regular media, this ball is in your court. Don’t you think this needs a whopping dose of SUNSHINE?

Now there is the new layer of a former Chester county lawyer filing suit? And didn’t this all start with a Right to Know over Advaite?

JANUARY 20, 2021

Chester County sues East Whiteland company for $11 million over missing COVID-19 antibody tests
The lawsuit claims Advaite failed to deliver the 1 million tests it promised, the lawsuit states

BY HANNAH KANIK
PhillyVoice Staff

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1372299/000162828020012662/R12.htm

Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester County is suing for an $11 million refund from a company that sold it COVID-19 antibody tests
Chester County is seeking more than $11 million in refunds from a local company that it says failed to provide one million COVID-19 antibody tests last year.

by Laura McCrystal
Updated Jan 18, 2021

Chester County Sues Local Biotech Firm After Its COVID-19 Test Kits Failed to Live Up to Expectations

By Kimberly McGuane Vista Today
Published: 11:57 pm EST January 18, 2021
Updated: 10:19 am EST January 19, 2021

Inquirer: Chester County to overhaul purchasing after spending millions on faulty antibody testing program
In a public health emergency, governments can enter into no-bid contracts. Chester County did that too hastily.

by Marie McCullough
Updated Jan 21, 2021

Now this Advaite case is ongoing – just run the dockets. And also a couple of interesting emails out of the Right to Know makes you wonder about a county commissioner too?

So then the Daily Local had a gift on Valentine’s Day about a new court case:

Lawyer files suit against county, citing behavior by former solicitor

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN | mrellahan@dailylocal.com |
PUBLISHED: February 14, 2023 at 1:04 p.m. | UPDATED: February 14, 2023 at 1:54 p.m.

PHILEDELPHIA — A former “star” in the Chester County Solicitor’s Office claims that he was retaliated against by his immediate supervisor in the office — who is now a sitting Common Pleas Court judge — for complaining about being the target of racial bias by an private attorney he encountered while on county business.

Juan P. Sanchez, in a lawsuit charging violations of his federal civil rights and the state’s anti-discrimination law that was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, said that Judge Nicole Forzato, who was county solicitor at the time he worked in that office in 2020 and 2021, illegally fired him after he said he wanted to take a stand regarding his interaction with the unnamed attorney, who he believed had treated him unprofessionally because of his race. Sanchez is Hispanic, of Puerto Rican descent.

But Forzato suggested that such an action would put the county “at risk,” the complaint alleges.

“Unfortunately for (Sanchez), Forzato … had no interest in addressing or understanding (his) concerns of racial bias and instead began retaliating against him,” the complaint, filed Jan. 17, states. “Forzato immediately unjustly criticized (his) performance, accused him of misconduct regarding months-old events, and issued him an unjustified written warning.

WC Daily local 2/14/23

Daily Local has a pay wall that totally blows, so:

But this all seems so curious, so here is the Federal docket and filings to date as follows:

chesco vs advaite amended-complaint…..

Remember that story? Of the Malvern Company and the COVID tests? An amended complaint has been filed by Chester County:

JANUARY 20, 2021 Philly Voice: Chester County sues East Whiteland company for $11 million over missing COVID-19 antibody tests
The lawsuit claims Advaite failed to deliver the 1 million tests it promised, the lawsuit states

Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester County spent $13 million on coronavirus antibody tests. Then it quietly shelved the program.
Internal emails and interviews show that the newly developed, unapproved tests, sold to the county by neophyte biotech firm Advaite, may have produced wildly inaccurate results.
by Marie McCullough and William Bender
Updated Sep 17, 2020

BUT…..this company as of March, 2021 is advertising a rapid test through Amazon Business anyway?

ADVAITE Now Offers FDA EUA RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Tests Through Amazon Business
Advaite’s “RapCov™” Testing Kit offers convenient and rapid screening solutions for millions of business customers, with expanded access for authorized facilities to purchase via Amazon Business

NEWS PROVIDED BYAdvaite Inc. 

Mar 18, 2021, 09:00 ET

MALVERN, Pa., March 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ADVAITE’s RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test, one of the first US manufactured FDA EUA authorized point-of-care (PoC) serology tests, is now available via Amazon Business.

The FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Advaite’s rapid response IgG antibody test strengthens America’s public health protections against biological threats by facilitating availability and use of cutting-edge medical countermeasures. ADVAITE is one of the only US manufacturers to receive FDA EUA for a point-of-care serology test to date. All RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits are manufactured and assembled locally start to finish at FDA registered facilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“This is a very important moment for public health in fighting this pandemic,” said Karthik Musunuri, Chief Executive Officer of Advaite. “The ADVAITE RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test offers unique advantages in containing the disease. Advaite’s test is simple to use, provides accurate results from a drop of fingertip blood and can detect IgG antibodies to the COVID-19 virus. Perhaps, most critically, our tests provide results in 15 minutes at the point of care. The inclusion of this test to be made available via Amazon’s online store will allow for expanded accessibility of the test to authorized providers.”

FDA GRANTS ADVAITE EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION FOR RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test
MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, January 12, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to one of the first U.S.-manufactured serology tests designed by ADVAITE Inc., an innovative biotech company developing novel point-of-care assays to help with combatting COVID-19.

The federal government’s EUA for ADVAITE’s rapid response IgG antibody test will strengthen America’s public health protections against epidemiological threats by facilitating access to cutting-edge medical countermeasures, such as ADVAITE’S RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test. ADVAITE is one of only a handful of US manufacturers to receive EUA for a point-of-care serology test.

“This is a watershed moment in the fight against this pandemic,” said Karthik Musunuri, Chief Executive Officer of Advaite. “The RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test offers unique advantages in containing the virus. ADVAITE’s test is simple to use, provides accurate results from a drop of fingertip blood and can detect IgG antibodies to the COVID-19 virus. Perhaps most critically, our tests provide results in 15 minutes at the point-of-care.”

“Fifteen-minute testing can mean peace of mind and workforce readiness,” Musunuri said, emphasizing that, “Unlike conventional tests that require offsite blood specimen lab work, the RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test analysis can be done on the spot at the point of care, such as at a physician’s office, making this an ideal solution for screening mass populations.”

From a public health perspective, the RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test will help in seroprevalence surveys for determining the prevalence of infection in communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our test uses fingerstick whole blood in point-of-care settings, thereby offering a practical and scalable approach to estimate prevalence of persons who develop SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in a more general population and over repeated time intervals.” said Dr. Sandeep Jain, ADVAITE’s Chief Scientific Officer.

All RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits are manufactured and assembled start to finish at FDA registered facilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and ADVAITE plans to immediately begin supplying the market with its testing kits on a national scale.

So what about whatever they promised to Chester County?

Truly life in the land of COVID will make for several good whodoneits by the time life returns to normal….

Documents disclosed obtained via a Right to Know are kosher to peek at even for us ordinary folks, correct? And a court filing also ok to peek at, correct?

Most of this is waaaay above my pay grade but I thought I would share…..

Chester County…..get out the popcorn….