In response to Ebola epidemic and the Swine Flu outbreak in 2009, the US government spent eight years building the infrastructure, systems, training programs, funding and personnel to handle a global pandemic.
When Trump came into office, he systematically eliminated nearly all of the programs.
- In 2018, he fired government's entire Pandemic Response Team.
- In 2018, he eliminated all the White House Medical Emergency Management Infrastructure.
- In 2018, he fired and never replaced Ronald Klain who was in charge of coordinating the US government response to a national infectious disease emergency.
- In 2018, along with the Republican congress, he cut $15 billion from disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS.
- In 2018, he ordered the National Security Council's entire Global Health Security Unit shut down.
- In 2018, he ordered the Department of Home Land Security's Epidemic Team to be shut down.
- He eliminated training programs for local medical personnel.
- In 2019, he cut $2 billion in Global Disease fighting funds.
- Trump forced out Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, a Bush era appointee who had been leading the global health security team at the White House's National Security Council.
- None of the systems, infrastructure, personnel or funding has been restored. We don't even have enough masks and latex gloves for medical personnel to handle an emergency.
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D. Completely Predictable. Even worse, the current situation was easily predictable. In fact, Trump’s own Health and Human Service personnel predicted exactly the kind of situation we are seeing today. In October of 2019 HHS analyzed what would happen if there was a pandemic with a virus that was just as contagious as the 1918 flu and slightly less deadly. They predicted the kind of supply shortages we are seeing today:
The current medical countermeasure supply chain and production capacity cannot meet the demands imposed by nations during a global influenza pandemic.
Further compounding this challenge, global manufacturing capacity will also be unable to meet domestic demand for medical countermeasures, including personal protective equipment and ancillary supplies (i. e. , syringes ), and it is anticipated that countries will keep their own stockpiled supplies for their own citizens. Domestic supplies of on -hand stock of antiviralmedications , needles , syringes , N95 respirators, ventilators , and other ancillary medical supplies are limited and difficult to restock , because they are often manufactured overseas.