Daily Archives: October 10, 2020

Opinion | William Foege gives a scathing indictment of Trump’s pandemic response – The Washington Post

Opinion by Editorial Board

Oct. 7, 2020 at 3:37 p.m. EDT

WILLIAM FOEGE, a legendary figure in public health who helped devise the strategy that curtailed smallpox in West and Central Africa in the late 1960s and who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, wrote a letter Sept. 23 to the current CDC director, Robert Redfield. The letter has now been disclosed by USA Today and should be read by everyone concerned by President Trump’s dreadful response to the coronavirus pandemic and his corrosive politicization of public health.

Dr. Foege, an epidemiologist who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, said he wasn’t sure what he would do in Dr. Redfield’s shoes, but the first thing “would be to face the truth.” Despite spin from the White House, “this will go down as a colossal failure of the public health system of this country. The biggest challenge in a century and we let the country down.” In the future, public health textbooks “will use this as a lesson on how not to handle an infectious disease pandemic.” The cause, he said, has been “the incompetence and illogic” of the White House.

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Not placing the CDC in charge of the pandemic response violated “every lesson learned in the last 75 years that made CDC the gold standard for public health in the world,” he wrote. The need for a “coherent federal plan, the backbone of every former response, has been ignored,” leaving it to the states, often competing among themselves. The “absolute need to form and guide coalitions” was ignored, he wrote, and the need for global cooperation squandered. Dr. Foege recalled the lesson that “the best decisions are based on the best science while the best results are based on the best management.” In this case, he lamented, “the White House has rejected both science and good management.”

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David Jolly: ‘We Got A Covid Hotspot About 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue’ | Deadlin e | MSNBC


Oct 5, 2020

Former Florida congressman David Jolly attacks Trump’s irresponsible handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the White House as more people in his orbit, including Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, test positive. Aired on 10/05/2020

Trump Treatment Suggests Covid-19 Pneumonia; White House Oddly Evasive On Health Details | MSNBC


Oct 6, 2020

Dr. Vin Gupta, of the University of Washington School of Medicine, talks with Rachel Maddow about the types of health data about Donald Trump that the White House should disclose so the American public has a better understanding of how Donald Trump is affected by Covid-19. Aired on 10/05/2020

Trump Asked Walter Reed Doctors To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements | Morning Joe | MSNBC


Oct 8, 2020

President Trump required personnel at Walter Reed to sign non-disclosure agreements last year before they could be involved with treating him, according to four people familiar with the process. Aired on 10/08/2020.

Trump Sends Panicked Tweet Warning Of Armageddon If Biden Wins

The Ring of Fire
Oct 9, 2020

The president is descending into full-blown madness, and it is actually quite terrifying to witness. On Thursday, Donald Trump sent out a deranged tweet claiming that Joe Biden would destroy the suburbs, shut down the economy, take your guns and destroy the police. And that’s only a fraction of what he claims this version of Joe Biden will do if he wins in November. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Internet Reacts to Fly on Mike Pence’s Head | NowThis

NowThis News

Published on Oct 7, 2020

Here are some of the internet’s best responses to the fly that landed on Mike Pence during the VP debate

Trump Falsely Claims He’s Cured And Plans New Campaign Events | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


Published on Oct 9, 2020

Trump is planning a White House ‘Law & Order’ event on Saturday and an in-person rally in Florida on Monday as the plans for the next Biden-Trump debate fall apart. Aired on 10/09/2020.

White House Killed CDC Order Requiring Masks On Public And Commercial Transportation: NYT | MSNBC


Published on Oct 10, 2020

Olivia Troye, former aide to Mike Pence on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, affirms New York Times reporting that the CDC had intended to require everyone on public and commercial transportation to wear a mask, but the Trump White House blocked the order. Aired on 10/09/2020.

Public Health Luminary Encourages CDC Director Redfield To Stand Up To Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


Published on Oct 10, 2020

Ali Velshi reads passages from a letter from celebrated public health official Dr. William Foege to Trump CDC director Robert Redfield encouraging Redfield to stand up to Donald Trump’s political distortions of CDC science, even though it would surely result in his dismissal. Aired on 10/09/2020.

Dr. William Foege – “Smallpox Eradication – Lessons for Today”

University of Washington Department of Global Health

Published on Feb 5, 2014

Book Talk: Dr. William Foege on “Smallpox Eradication – Lessons for Today” November 5, 2012 at UW’s Foege Hall!