Trump Could Have Prevented Current Coronavirus COV-19 Outbreak But He Knew Better

Guess what? The republican President Donald Trump’s discounting of the US government’s role in the lives of the American peoples plus his distrust of “the deep state” which consists of career competent experts who have served faithfully leaders from both sides of the US political spectrum will cost some Americans their lives. He has direct responsibility for the US government not having been more proactive in dealing with the current health crisis, the coronavirus infection named COV-19.

See: Why CDC Needs To Increase Coronavirus Testing, Bigly

See: FDA Official Tells Of Contamination Issues With CDC Made Coronavirus Testing Kits

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Here’s the rest of the story…

As per a 3/6/2020 NBC News report by Mike Hixenbaugh, “Scientists were close to a coronavirus vaccine years ago. Then the money dried up.”


“Dr. Peter Hotez says he made the pitch to anyone who would listen. After years of research, his team of scientists in Texas had helped develop a vaccine to protect against a deadly strain of coronavirus. Now they needed money to begin testing it in humans.”

“But this was 2016. More than a decade had passed since the viral disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, had spread through China, killing more than 770 people. That disease, an earlier coronavirus similar to the one now sweeping the globe, was a distant memory by the time Hotez and his team sought funding to test whether their vaccine would work in humans.”


“We tried like heck to see if we could get investors or grants to move this into the clinic,” said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “But we just could not generate much interest.”

Instead, the SARS vaccine that Hotez’s team created in collaboration with scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is sitting in a freezer, no closer to commercial production than it was four years ago.

“We could have had this ready to go and been testing the vaccine’s efficacy at the start of this new outbreak in China,” said Hotez, who believes the vaccine could provide cross-protection against the new coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. “There is a problem with the ecosystem in vaccine development, and we’ve got to fix this.”

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“Hotez took that message to Congress on Thursday 3/5/2020 while testifying before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. He argued that the new coronavirus should trigger changes in the way the government funds vaccine development.”

“It’s tragic that we won’t have a vaccine ready for this epidemic,” Hotez wrote in prepared remarks. “Practically speaking, we’ll be fighting these outbreaks with one hand tied behind our backs.”

“Public health officials are concerned that the virus, which can lead to respiratory failure brought on by pneumonia, will spread widely in the U.S. and last beyond this year — much like the seasonal flu, but more severe and potentially deadlier.”

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“In response, pharmaceutical companies, university researchers and the federal government have been rushing to develop a vaccine.”

“But even under the rosiest of projections, one won’t be ready for more than a year, government officials say.”

“That kind of research — figuring out which vaccine strategies work and which don’t — potentially could have been completed before the new outbreak, said Jason Schwartz, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health who studies vaccine development. He said the global response to the coronavirus exposes broader flaws in the way medical research is funded, which he says tends to be market-driven and reactive, rather than proactive.”

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As per the 2/27/2020 Washington Post report by Paige Winfield Cunningham,  “The Health 202: President Trump made it harder to fight coronavirus by actions he took two years ago”

(President Trump hasn’t pointed) “to the history that is making his administration’s response to this new outbreak more difficult. Two years ago, the administration disbanded two permanent groups formed by President Barack Obama to respond to the 2014 Ebola outbreak one within the White House National Security Council and another within the Department of Homeland Security.”

“The idea was that these groups could rapidly get multiple government agencies on the same page in the event of a biological crisis, avoiding the all-too-common problem of each agency operating only within its own silo.”

“Under a May 2018 reorganization by then-national security adviser John Bolton, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer abruptly stepped down from leading the NSC global health security panel, leaving no senior administration official focused solely on global health security.”

“Weeks earlier, Bolton had also pressured Tom Bossert, who led the DHS panel, to resign along with his team.”

“That’s not all Trump did. He also proposed cutting the parts of the budgets at NSC, DHS, and Health and Human Services designated for fighting global disease. And in early 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dramatically downsized its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money was running out.”

The Post’s Josh Dawsey:

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Trump says, in response to @JStein_WaPo question, that he isn’t rethinking budget cuts to CDC because it is easy to hire doctors and other staffers when you need them.

As per an updated 3/5/2020 report by Kathy Katella of Yale Medicine, “5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak:”


  1. Gronda, the marketing skills of Trump are more a curse than a success. A person who is known for being untruthful (long before the White House), who is known to have a disdain for self-study or being briefed in detail, who is known to be a bully, and who is known to blame others when his uninformed opinions or lies haunt him, has said time and again, his gut instinct is smarter than experts’ brains. That is a load of BS.

    We routinely are unprepared because of this “chaotic and incompetence” White House that takes on the personality of its leader. The quote is not mine, it comes from a conservative pundit named David Brooks. The president likes to call things that came before him a disaster. But, the first travel ban was so bad, it was pulled after two days. (He forgot to tell anyone he was doing it. ) He fired James Comey without telling him or his staff (recall his communication staff hiding in the bushes as they planned on what to say). And, the lost goes on.


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    • Dear Keith,

      President Trump’s incompetence is going to cost lives. Trump is operating at a level way over his head.

      Eventually, he and his fellow GOP lawmakers in the US Congress will be drummed out of their jobs before this coronavirus has run its course. This will cost peoples their lives while their 401K portfolios will be taking a nose dive. I’d like to ask any Trump supporter, how is your 401k monies doing?”

      I had been believing that the GDP in the USA would be indicating a slow-down but now I’m worrying about the R-word in 2020 before the elections.

      This isn’t going to be pretty. I’m worried.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. Good information. So, after cutting funding and being the primary cause for the mass chaos, confusion and disinformation about the virus in the U.S., now Trump says his ‘hunch’ is that the fatality rate is considerably less than 1%. The families of every single person in this country who dies of this disease should file a class action suit against Donald Trump. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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    • Dear Jill,

      This is a time when the president’s lies and the reality in people’s lives are going to be on a collision course. Even his supporters like the GOP in the US Congress will be floundering to manage the fall out from this mess.

      Those who want tests will find out there are not enough test kits even though President Trump has declared otherwise as he visited the CDC today. He said,
      “If you want a test, you can have a test.

      He and his anti-government GOP cronies have been caught flat-footed in the middle of a health crisis that is on going and will not be ending anytime soon. This is when their constituents want government to work efficiently, effectively and competently which isn’t going to happen when a country’s leaders do everything possible to tear down the government infrastructure to where career servants are muzzled or flee to salvage their sanity, and then these GOP leaders staff the remaining jobs with lackeys versus competent employees.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I imagine after his comment while visiting the CDC today, the staff was happy to see the back of him when he left. In my book, his mishandling of this from the very beginning is going to be responsible for some lives lost. And, I calculated the fatality rate based only on the U.S. cases today and came up with 5.4%, not less than 1% as he has claimed. Could this be, finally, the thing that opens the eyes of his faithful followers? Hugs!

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  3. Gronda, Let me start by saying, very informative, I would love to post this story of Dr. Peter Hotez, on Facebook, (and other social media sites) even if it has already been posted, only with your permission though, (and any future stories). “So Interesting” Thank you, Kendall Moulder…


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