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Sunday, April 05, 2020

Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories--including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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How many of these types of stories do we have to hear about before we decide to hold Trump accountable for the intensity of this pandemic in our country? No wonder Republicans don't want a task force to investigate the Trump administration's actions and to assemble a comprehensive accounting of Trump's willful negligence with regard to this pandemic.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 08:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How many of these types of stories do we have to hear about before we decide to hold Trump accountable for the intensity of this pandemic in our country?

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

How many stories like this before we start to suspect that Trump wanted some future pandemic to kill as many people as possible?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-05 09:12 AM | Reply

Here's an article from last fall about the program the funding cuts put an end to:

Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.

Predict, a government research program, sought to identify animal viruses that might infect humans and to head off new pandemics.

centralnewsnow.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As Trump responded at the time, "I'm a businessman and I don't like to see thousands of people sitting around doing nothing. If we need them later, we can always hire them back."

I hope people are finally starting to understand that often professional politicians may actually have certain skills and abilities which might prove valuable in situations where a businessman would totally fail. Government was never intended to make a profit, therefore those business principles taught at places like the Wharton School of Business simply don't apply.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-05 11:46 AM | Reply

Capitalism is a cancer on humanity and the earth itself. Money is the ultimate false God. We have created a system where selfishness and false ideas if "efficiency" have led to people being seen as Expendable so monied interests can thrive. They want "non productive" people to die for their money and for everyone to see this as necessary. It is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life.
Trumpism is not the cause of this, it's roots are far deeper in American social life. We are a nation of soulless ghoul's who only care about our own never the world at large.

#5 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-06 03:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As Trump responded at the time, "I'm a businessman and I don't like to see thousands of people sitting around doing nothing. If we need them later, we can always hire them back."

Most IT departments are not used 100% of the time a business is in operation. Autonomous systems are in place to make sure everything is running correctly, but is it typical to lay off your IT professional every time he's not immediately needed?

No, it's not. Considering systems operation is the backbone to most corporations these days, having your IT professional (and staff) at the ready at all times is prudent and good business, both to look out for potential risks (i.e., cyber security) and to patch holes when the autonomous systems falter.

These agencies, programs, and measures tied to a potential pandemic that had been funded by previous administrations were our analogous IT department, keeping us safe from and ready for a potential pandemic. Trump laid off our IT department because they weren't needed in the immediate sense. Trump laid off our IT department expecting them to continue doing their jobs, to be ready to implement all their patches and programs right when he hired them back once when he needed them.

Simply put, even if the government should be run like a business (which it shouldn't), this is absolutely NOT good business.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-06 04:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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