Pence task force freezes coronavirus aid amid backlash
Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand.
The official asked the Thais for help‚ÄĒonly to be informed by the puzzled voices on the other side of the line that a U.S. shipment of the same supplies, the second of two so far, was already on its way to Bangkok.
Trump aides were alarmed when they learned of the exchange, and immediately put the shipment on hold while they ordered a review of U.S. aid procedures. Crossed wires would only confuse our allies, they worried, or worse‚ÄĒoffend them. And Americans confronting a surging death toll and shortages of medical equipment back home would likely be outraged....
I referenced this article once before but I never quoted from it.
Ed Pilkington and Tom McCarthy wrote: .... A week after that, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion article by two former top health policy officials within the Trump administration under the headline Act Now to Prevent an American Epidemic. [ https://tinyurl.com/wcdhw8c ]Luciana Borio and Scott Gottlieb laid out a menu of what had to be done instantly to avert a massive health disaster.
Top of their to-do list: work with private industry to develop an ‚Äúeasy-to-use, rapid diagnostic test‚ÄĚ ‚Äď in other words, just what South Korea was doing.
It was not until 29 February, more than a month after the Journal article and almost six weeks after the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in the country that the Trump administration [ https://tinyurl.com/ydbhvc7g a potpourri of articles on the Trump's administration's response to this pandemic] put that advice into practice. Laboratories and hospitals would finally be allowed to conduct their own Covid-19 tests to speed up the process....
Mike, I'm certainly not letting China off the hook and even our great friend Putin send us some aid, which I didn't bother to mention.
Quiet Christian, how did Bush jr. handle disease problem in Africa? The question isn't how past administrations handle such things and if they did bad job of it, but if this administration should have known to have done better
Jim Lincoln wrote: The administration does need to get its act together as the article pointed out. it's interesting that we are getting aid from China now. https://tinyurl.com/qnwuqvm (Patriots plane carrying N95 masks from China to arrive in¬†Boston) ---
The gift of Wuhan virus we have already received from them is more than we hoped for.