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    The official who oversaw epidemic preparedness for the National Security Council UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA. Enough said.
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    Do these people pay attention to anything other than themselves? The CDC has been issuing guidelines since February.
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    The official who oversaw epidemic preparedness for the National Security Council under President Obama comments have been duly noted.
  • J
    Always amazing to me how people just accepted everything Obama did or said as gold. I was a small business owner from 2006-2019. When 2008 recession hit we seriously struggled for 4 years and barely kept our heads above water for the next 4. It wasn't until Trump was elected that we saw our business finally start to grow, so the person who says Obama brought us out of recession is really misinformed.
    As to the person who says her position being eliminated hurt out response, why doesn't she tell us what she did to prepare for a pandemic? Why weren't the supplies restocked after the swine flu? Why weren't ventilators stockpiled? Where are the policy and procedures that could have been developed and implemented?
    Let's review facts and stop with the political posturing.
    1. January 27: In the middle of the impeachment farce, the White House convenes a special task force to deal with the emerging threat of coronavirus. After President Trump declared a “humanitarian and security crisis" during a primetime Oval Office address, Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration." Party leader Tom Perez also called it “manufactured.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., described it as a "'crisis' that doesn't exist." Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted at the time that "we're not falling" for the "fake crisis."

    2. January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”

    3. Feb 1: President Trump instilled China travel ban. New York City had its first suspected case of coronavirus

    4. Feb 2 NYC health commissioner Bardot “As we gear up to celebrate the Lunar New Year in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of coronavirus.”

    5. Feb 4, China’s consul general in New York, Huang Ping, thanked the Chinese-American community and other concerned Americans on Tuesday for their aid in battling the coronavirus outbreak, and criticized what he described as “an overreaction by the American government in severely restricting travel to and from China.”

    6. February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; announced that his administration was cooperating with the Chinese in their attempts to thwart the Coronavirus, there, his intention to PROTECT Americans at home. NANCY PELOSI RIPS -UP his speech in front of the Nation.

    7. Feb 5: New York Times "Who says it's not safe to travel to China? The coronavirus travel ban is unjust and doesn't work anyway." NYC Health Commissioner Barbot on Twitter, “Today our city is celebrating the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown... I want to remind everyone to enjoy the parade and not change any plans due to misinformation spreading about coronavirus.”

    8. Feb 6 Bardot: “The important thing for New Yorkers to know is that in the city currently, their risk is low and our city preparedness is high...We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life. . . If it were likely that it could be transmitted casually, we would be seeing a lot more cases.”

    9. Feb 9: Chinatown in New York City held its annual Lunar New Year parade. Surgical masks were nearly absent from this parade. Councilman Mark D. Levine on Twitter, “In powerful show of defiance of coronavirus scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual Lunar New Year parade. Chants of ‘Be Strong Wuhan!’ If you are staying away, you are missing out.”
    10. Feb 12 The House Judiciary Committee on voted, 22-10, to terminate President Trump's expanded travel ban and rein in presidential authority to issue such travel restrictions.

    11. Feb 13: New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson “It is important to support the Chinese community in New York City...There is no need to avoid public spaces. I urge everyone to dine and shop as usual.” Bill de Blasio ; "This should not stop you from going about your life. It should not stop you from going to Chinatown and going out to eat. I am going to do that today myself.”

    12. Feb. 24: Pelosi said “It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community,” “We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it, but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown, here we are — we're, again, careful, safe — and come join us.'”
    Two days later, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story titled "Get ready now for probable coronavirus pandemic in U.S., federal officials warn."

    13. President Trump banned travel to the United States from China by foreign nationals in late January, citing public health.
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    This official is commenting because the CDC did such a great job during H1N1 response, right? Political Monday morning quarterbacking...
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    Our problem is that the CDC took center stage since February and has produced the biggest fiasco in our country's history re public health and over-reaction. It, and the medical profession in general, have failed to execute the most basic of scientific studies (i. e., a representative random sample of the whole population of men, women and children) to get a realistic reliable estimate, with realistic confidence bands, of the true extent of the virus,with a followup sample 4-6 weeks later to find its real rate of spread, or contraction. Instead, the persistently public bogus "case counts" that are nothing more than a correlate of the number of tests performed, and bogus "death counts" wherein the vast majority of cases had 1 or more co-morbidity factors, but are all counted as "covid=19" deaths simply because the virus was detected, but with few, if any, autopsies performed. If this former director thinks the CDC should be in control, without considering the social, economic, and psychological impacts of their "worst case analysis and shut down recommendations, then she deserved to be fired.
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    only a one paragraph, so-called story and Yahoo still has a typo...and it's a 2 sentence paragraph at that...and this "official", who Yahoo doesn't name in their so-called article, thinks that if she was still overseeing for the "epidemic preparedness for the National Security Council", that would have made some type of difference? what a non-researched waste of a paragraph
  • B
    They gave plenty of rules!! Just no one is following them!! You can lead a horse to water!! But you know the rest!!
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    Blue Falcon
    “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China."
    -- Donald Trump, February 2, 2020
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    Blue Falcon
    “I don’t take any responsibility at all.”
    — Donald Trump, March 13, 2020