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Trump's White House shut down the office that prepares for pandemics, tried to slash funding to the CDC and NIH, then scrambled to respond to #COVIDー19 by putting together a team of former pharmaceutical and auto lobbyists and a science-denying homophobe katz.substack.com/p/calling-in-s…
Chinese officials screwed up their initial response to the outbreak in Wuhan by prioritizing party loyalty over science and public health. They were more concerned about making the leader look good than saving lives.

Sound like anyone you know?
Xi told Trump he "feels they are doing very well" stopping #COVIDー19. Trump took his word for it, natch.

We don't know what else Xi said because the White House won't even publish call summaries anymore, because they think we have no right to know what the president is doing.
It is clear that #COVIDー19 isn't going to be stopped or contained. What we still don't know is how dangerous that is -- how deadly or mild the virus has been, how exactly it spreads, etc. The agencies that answer those questions are the ones Trump is trying to defund.
The CDC (and WHO) are problematic, and technocratic solutions that prioritize profits over people are a problem. We should fight to fix those things. But in the #CoronavirusOutbreak, the Trump's corrupt authoritarianism is even worse. Demand better. katz.substack.com/p/calling-in-s…
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