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"I have yet to see an adequate explanation of this failure.
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Were the threat human one might think Trump was allied with the enemy."

It's been quite clear from the earliest beginning ... the United States of America was grossly unprepared. Just as Boris Johnson's UK knew it from a dry test with damning results a few years earlier.

Thus, the economic calculation was the theory of "herd immunity".  Conservative friend in mischief Mark Rutte signed on and gave political instructions to the RIVM.

POTUS, his National Security Council and CDC head Redfield knew the status as soon as the "flu" epidemic was recognized and spreading in Wuhan, China.

  • Trump had pulled out the US CDC representatives by WHO in China.
  • Trump and his minion Steve Bannon deleted the Pandemic Response Team from the NSC.

The 9/11 attacks was followed by the spurious anthrax attack after the escape from Fort Detrick (USAMRIID) in Maryland. The US Government commissioned a Biothreat division

Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats

Biological Threat Assessment: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?  | Arms Control |

    The country has made steady progress in the last decade, but there is much more that needs to be done to make us resilient to biological threats. There is vitally important work to do in countermeasure development, public health preparedness, biosurveillance and other key issues in the years ahead. We hope that the coming reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act will address many of the issues that I have outlined today. Thank you for this opportunity to provide recommendations in each of these areas.

My earlier post ...

ObamaCare vs Trump Doesn't Care

Additional reading ...

Coronavirus - Interview with German Prof. Alexander Kekulé

by Oui on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 07:11:15 PM EST

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