info 02.24.20

COVID-19

The Trump regime's 2021 budget proposes a 16% cut to the CDC and a 34% reduction in overall global health programs, with a set-aside of $115 million to fight infectious disease threats, according to Forbes.

Emergency funds will soon be requested by the regime for battling the coronavirus, perhaps $1 billion, as Politico reports—a far cry from the $6 billion requested by the Obama administration in 2014 to combat the Ebola outbreak (Congress ultimately approved $5.4 billion). Politico writes that "administration officials took pains to emphasize that the funds might not need to be transferred…with some hoping that the virus would burn itself out by the summer."

That would be nice.

However, yesterday in The Guardian, this: World is approaching coronavirus tipping point, say experts.

How we got here is chronicled by Laurie Garrett in Foreign Policy, How China's Incompetence Endangered the World. What should happen next is laid out in this correspondence between Australian Ian M. Mackay, (Associate Professor at University of Queensland with a PhD in virology), who writes at Virology Down Under, and Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman, experts in risk communication: Past Time to Tell the Public: "It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now."

COVID-19 may not yet be a pandemic certainty, but if it goes that way, it is a certainty that the Trump regime will not lead competently during the crisis. It's not a time for panic, but it is a time to prepare.






Chelsea

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