Trump tried to brand COVID-19 as a “Chinese virus” to distract from his incompetence.
TRUMP REFUSED 1.4 MILLION TEST KITS AT THE END OF FEBRUARY BECAUSE… REASONS.
Anyone who didn't vote to impeach Trump owns this – and every death that comes because of it. https://t.co/mpO8R82wMt
Ã¢ÂÂ Eric Garland (@ericgarland) March 17, 2020
The WHO offered tests to the US in FEBRUARY, just as they did with 60 other nations. Trump declined those tests, opting instead to let the CDC develop its own. And so we've only done 20,000 tests (while South Korea has done 250,000).
This is not a surprise. It's poor management. https://t.co/iQgPSWjkSQ
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 16, 2020
I'm an ER Doc and donÃ¢ÂÂt claim to be an infectious disease expert, but looking into the data IÃ¢ÂÂve found insufficient evidence to support racism as an effective antiviral.
— Sam Ghali, M.D. (@EM_RESUS) March 17, 2020
LOL. H1N1 is a joke compare to COVID-19. Did you see China lockdown cities during that? Just let H1N1 spread and in the end only thousands death. Try do the same to COVID-19 and you will have tens of millions dead.
— Wei_ZhaoÃ¦ÂÂ¥Ã¥ÂÂ (@drwwwg) March 15, 2020
But Obamaphobia doubtless kept the warning from sticking and released a flurry of antibodies for Trump that led to a reverse reaction https://t.co/lHImlG6Pf2
Ã¢ÂÂ Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 17, 2020
Coronavirus vs SARS/MERS/Ebola/Swine Flu Ã°ÂÂÂ¬ pic.twitter.com/iRmeV0kWoI
Ã¢ÂÂ Dave Jones Ã°ÂÂÂ´Ã°ÂÂÂ³Ã¯Â¸ÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ (@WelshGasDoc) February 25, 2020
The United States’ struggles, in Landt’s view, stemmed from the fact the country took too long to use private companies to develop the tests. The coronavirus pandemic was too big and moving too fast for the CDC to develop its own tests in time, he said.
“There are 10 companies in the U.S. who could have developed the tests for them,” Landt said. “Commercial companies will run to an opportunity like this.”
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, causing more than 80 deaths and over 4,000 confirmed cases, the struggles that overwhelmed the nation’s testing are becoming clearer.
First, the CDC moved too slowly to tap into the expertise of academia and private companies such as Landt’s, experts said. For example, it wasn’t until last week that large companies such as Roche and Thermo Fisher won approval from the Food and Drug Administration to produce their own tests.
Moreover, while FDA and CDC officials have attributed some of the testing delays to their determination to meet exacting scientific standards they said were needed to protect public health, the government effort was nevertheless marred by a widespread manufacturing problem that stalled U.S. testing for most of February.
The CDC has yet to fully explain the nature of the manufacturing problem but told The Washington Post on Monday that the design could also have resulted in flawed tests.x
“KushnerÃ¢ÂÂs early involvement in dealing with the virus was advising Trump that media coverage exaggerated the threat.
Kushner also sought to take on a more expansive role for himself despite his lack of knowledge on the topic and w/o talking to experts.”https://t.co/wc9biPF747
Ã¢ÂÂ Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) March 17, 2020
“Despite..positive test for COVID-19 from..passenger..thousands..were allowed to leave..cruise ship in Miami..without..screening”
“no one..was tested”
“3,877 passengers disembarked..Many went directly to Miami International Airport for flights home”https://t.co/cznk1e3k3O
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) March 16, 2020