When Barack Obama became president in 2009, he eliminated the White House Health and Security Office, which worked on international health issues such as pandemics. However, after grappling with the 2014 & 2015 Ebola outbreaks he eventually set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense team in the final year of his 2nd term.
If we truly believed the media narrative, the spread of the COVID19 outbreak was a direct consequence of the Trump administration disbanding Obama’s 430 person team.
The truth is that during the summer of 2018, Trump’s NSC merged three directorates to make preparation for bioterrorism threats or pandemics seamless. The name was disbanded. Not the function.
Journalists had no qualms shaping the story as yet another Obama legacy torched based on ego alone. Trump Derangement Syndrome rules absolutely.
Which begs the question why there was no widespread reporting or recall of Trump’s Executive Order from September 2019? His demand prioritizes coordination and response to pandemics and the establishment of a National Influenza Vaccine Task Force.
Point 1(e) states clearly,
“The seasonal influenza vaccine market rewards manufacturers that deliver vaccines in time for the influenza season, without consideration of the speed or scale of these manufacturers’ production processes. This approach is insufficient to meet the response needs in the event of a pandemic, which can emerge rapidly and with little warning. Because the market does not sufficiently reward speed, and because a pandemic has the potential to overwhelm or compromise essential government functions, including defense and homeland security, the Government must take action to promote faster and more scalable manufacturing platforms.“
Section 2 goes further,
Policy. It is the policy of the United States to modernize the domestic influenza vaccine enterprise to be highly responsive, flexible, scalable, and more effective at preventing the spread of influenza viruses. This is a public health and national security priority, as influenza has the potential to significantly harm the United States and our interests, including through large-scale illness and death, disruption to military operations, and damage to the economy. This order directs actions to reduce the United States’ reliance on egg-based influenza vaccine production; to expand domestic capacity of alternative methods that allow more agile and rapid responses to emerging influenza viruses; to advance the development of new, broadly protective vaccine candidates that provide more effective and longer lasting immunities; and to support the promotion of increased influenza vaccine immunization across recommended populations.“
In short, before coronavirus was even on the radar Trump had already enacted a policy to better prepare industry to be able to supply an actual “response”. Furthermore the team wasn’t disbanded. It was merged on efficiency grounds.
As Mark Twain said,
“If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper you’re misinformed.”