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Preoccupied with re-election bid, Ukraine push for prosecution Bidens, sending in corruption mayor Giuliani ... the President took it upon himself to dismiss the decades old CDC post in Beijing and close cooperation for epidemic watch. Fighting them over there before it shows up at our borders.


Trump's China CDC dismissal reveals more U.S. pandemic negligence | CGTN |

A breaking report from Reuters on Friday evening revealed that U.S President Donald Trump had "eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China." "It was heartbreaking to watch," said Bao-Ping Zhu, a former official in the role, which was funded by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "If someone had been there, public health officials and governments across the world could have moved much faster."

The position, removed last July, comes amid a relentless public relations campaign by the Trump administration to attribute responsibility to China amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, which now amasses over 38,000 cases.

The President has repeatedly referred to the pathogen as the "Chinese virus" while a chorus of messaging from other senior American officials, departments and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have also sought to set the same narrative.

The development of course is nevertheless another piece of evidence that Trump's own decision-making and attitude towards public health issues, both at home and abroad, is in fact negligent, and combined with other cuts made to the U.S. CDC, shows just how serious the presidency took the risks of potential pandemics.

In this case, once again responsibility lies with the White House and it also further exposes the administration's dishonesty in claiming that it wanted to help China, both in prevention and treatment.

China, International Society, and Global Health Governance

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 03:16:31 PM EST

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 03:17:24 PM EST
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In the last 24 hours, two samples of US "journalism" stand out

Exclusive: U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak
Laden with real and imagined details, this reporting re-enforces US gov supposition that China gov hid a "cluster" of 27 deaths of unknown etiology from ... one to five [?] US gov employees who were guests, observers "training," the gov of China in CDC practical epidemiology.

and a simple headline question "framing," as the youngsters say, "false narrative" or rational discourse.

The body of the report doesn't competently answer the question posed; and the hypothetical opportunities for US gov epidemic mediation, SARS (suspected U.S. SARS cases was 115/8,000+ worlwide) and Ebola (confirmed U.S. cases was 11/11K+ worldwide, which did not in fact occur.

While H1N1 a/k/a "Bird Flu"" mediation was a CDC disaster in the USA second only to HIV/AIDS.

by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 04:53:52 PM EST
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Legend of the US Ebola Crisis
Even during the Ebola scare--for a disease that barely appeared on American shores--we used head-to-toe impermeable garb that left not one single inch of skin exposed. Despite the fact that a U.S. citizen was more likely to die from a vending machine falling on them than from Ebola, we did serious drills on how to don and doff these spaceman-like suits. I remember having to get checked off on my donning and doffing proficiency before I was allowed to be responsible for any potential Ebola patients. Now, if we still have these wonder suits in our hospitals, they are not being brought out. Why are we comparatively so much less frightened about the coronavirus, which is more ubiquitous and has already killed significantly greater numbers of people?
UK police chiefs: coronavirus could bring out worst in HUMANITY
by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 10:39:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 05:23:30 PM EST
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The influenza A (H1N1-2009) pandemic has underscored the importance of such plans, with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for the activation of pandemic plans worldwide [2].

Made in USA.

by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 06:23:43 PM EST
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