“The White House has reportedly deviated from guidelines set out in a 2016 National Security Council (NSC) memo detailing the U.S. response to a global disease outbreak.”
“An official with the National Security Council told Politico in a statement that the report had been replaced by newer policies taking into account lessons from the spread of Ebola in Africa.
“We are aware of the document, although it’s quite dated and has been superseded by strategic and operational biodefense policies published since,” the official said. “The plan we are executing now is a better fit, more detailed, and applies the relevant lessons learned from the playbook and the most recent Ebola epidemic in the [Democratic Republic of the Congo] to COVID-19.”
If as stated by NSC, they had more up-to-date data for responding to a pandemic, why wan’t the response faster?