This doesn’t mean we should have eradicated the virus by now. It does mean we should have contained it. 2/
If I told you in March that we would be low on PPE, would still lack testing supplies & that it would take 10 days to get a test result, would you have wondered what we had done the last 3 months? 3/
He told me w story of a bug the USSR was building that combined the lethality of the most dangerous bug & the infectiousness of the most infectious.6/
Larry was clear. As bad & as devious as COVID-19 is, Chimera would have been much more lethal & contagious.
Chimera would have been a challenge but was expected by some to kill 500,000 by some estimates because of containment efforts. 7/
He believes we should have solved this by now. 8/
Many of these tools have been available to us for centuries. 9/
None of this is because we are over-reacting to COVID. It is because we DIDN’T react to COVID. 11/
China can test 11 million people in a weekend. European countries have more than adequate contact tracing. Dozens of countries have no problem with masks. 12/
1-Letting tens of thousands into the country from China & Europe despite contrary claims?
2-Disbanding our task force in May?
3-Pretending this was a hoax until March?
4-Reducing & defunding testing 13/
6-Unwillingness to call for & encourage mask mandate
7-Not taking 3-4 week hard shut down
8-Defunding testing/testing sites
9-Not funding contact tracing
10-Eliminating pandemic response teams
11-Leaving bars open 14/
12-No coordinated national approach
13-Elimination of nursing home safety fines
15-Leaving meatpacking plants open
16-Not caring about jails & prisons
The answer is caring about the 140,001st. 16/
Americans stayed home & expected the government to be hard at work. 19/
It should be news when we have a dozen new cases. 22/