Saturday, April 11, 2020

Republican Administration Prepped for Pandemic, Democrats Squandered Prep

On the one hand, this is the usual "Rehabilitate Bush to bash Trump" media angle. But what it really does is make the case that a Republican administration prepped for a pandemic, while a Democrat admin squandered its efforts.
And there's overlap between Bush era and Trump era personnel and advisers.
In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through an advance reading copy of a new book about the 1918 flu pandemic. He couldn't put it down.
Thus was born the nation's most comprehensive pandemic plan -- a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.
That was the supply that the Obama admin gave away and never replaced.
But elements of that effort have formed the foundation for the national response to the coronavirus pandemic underway right now.
Read the rest from Daniel Greenfield HERE.

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