Things that make you go “hmmmm”

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/489608-white-house-deviated-from-pandemic-plan-report

“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“An official with the National Security Council told Politico in a statement that the report had been replaced by newer policies taking into account lessons from the spread of Ebola in Africa.

“We are aware of the document, although it’s quite dated and has been superseded by strategic and operational biodefense policies published since,” the official said.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?

14 thoughts on “Things that make you go “hmmmm”

  1. Here’s what you need to know and all the evidence you need to consider:

    End of January. That is the critical time. That is when the President and the Senate Intelligence committee received NSC briefs on the epidemic in Wuhan Province.

    The President came out and said “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China. It’s going to be fine,”
    and 4 Senators sold out of their positions in the Stock Market.

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  2. So, Trump is wrong for not following the outdated 2016 guidelines but also wrong for not following guidelines not yet established by experience with this outbreak.

    I guess he should have used the Presidential time machine to use hindsight to make future policy.

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    1. Try reading this part again. From the current NSC when asked about it.

      “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 a plan is a “better fit, more detailed and apples relevant lessons learned”, why was it not executed? It has nothing to do with time travel. It has to do with executing the NEW plan that was already in place.

      Unbelievable that you continue to defend things that are staring you right in the face as being, for lack of a better word, “off”.

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        1. But why wasn’t it executed in January when all of this started coming out.

          “The plan we are executing NOW”…

          The delay is the issue. That and the fact there was apparently a plan in place with “more, biglier, betterer” info based on occurrences POST-Ebola.

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          1. “How is it that South Korea, which is next door to China was able to do so much better in response?”

            Much better how? And why does it matter? You seem to be criticizing the U.S. response.

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        2. RE: “But why wasn’t it executed in January when all of this started coming out?”

          What makes you think it wasn’t? It takes time to mobilize massive buracracies like CDC, FDA, FEMA and HSS, even when you have a plan to go by.

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          1. Not if the plan were execute in a timely manner. That’s what a PLAN does. It gives you the necessary steps to take, both immediately and going forward.

            The administration seems to have wasted the time granted by the China travel restrictions and did nothing to get moving.

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          2. RE: “Not if the plan were execute in a timely manner. That’s what a PLAN does.”

            OK, then. Here’s list of things the administration did in January, starting within seven days of China reporting the outbreak to the WHO (December 31). What, specifially, do you think should have happened that didn’t?

            January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.

            January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.

            January 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.

            January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.

            January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.

            January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.

            January 23: The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.

            January 27: The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.

            January 29: The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the president.

            January 31: The Trump Administration:

            • Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
            • Announced Chinese travel restrictions.

            • Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

            January 31: The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.

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          3. “How is it that South Korea, which is next door to China was able to do so much better in response?”

            Much better how? And why does it matter? You seem to be criticizing the U.S. response.

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          4. “You seem to be criticizing the U.S. response.”

            I’m not alone.

            Check the numbers and how they reacted and how quickly they started moving. And it matters because we USED to be, util about 3 years ago, one of the leaders of the world. Now, meh.

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