Skip to comments.Was there ever a pandemic response team? (Vanity)
Posted on 07/01/2020 6:57:16 PM PDT by paladinkc
I've a friend that keeps lobbing things like our president fired the entire pandemic response team, but I've nowhere to search that shows anything. Does anyone have info to refute this claim?
My reply to this, is if the pandemic response team was so great why didnt they replace the N95 masks and other PPE after the 2009 SARS outbreak?
Choose better friends.
You could always google it...
BTW, why is your “friend” stuck on repeating debunked 3½-month-old liberal lies?
Does your “friend” believe everything in the Steele “dossier” too?
The “natural” pandemic team was, for efficiency, just merged into the existing bioweapons defense organization, since both deal with biological threats.
From Wikipedia, search term: Pandemic Response Team
Directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense
The Directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense, created by Barack Obama in 2016 in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, was responsible “to prepare for the next disease outbreak and prevent it from becoming an epidemic or pandemic.” The directorate was disbanded when a May 2018 change in organizational structure by John Bolton, Trump’s recently appointed head of the National Security Council, resulted in the effective elimination of the office then led by Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, Sr. Director for Global Health Security and Biothreats. Remaining staff were moved to other NSC departments, prompting Ziemer’s resignation, thus completing the elimination of the office.
The responsibilities that formerly belonged to the directorate, along with those of arms control and nonproliferation, and of weapons of mass destruction terrorism, were absorbed into a single new directorate, counterproliferation and biodefense, and assigned to Tim Morrison in July 2018 as director. Morrison characterized the consolidation as part of an overall NSC “reduction of force” and called it “specious” to say the office was “dissolved,” describing the previous size of the organization as “bloat,” and stating “That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.” Trump defended the 2018 cuts, describing the financial motivation, when questioned in a Feb 2020 press conference, suggesting that people on a pandemic response team are unnecessary between pandemics, saying “Some of the people we cut, they haven’t been used for many, many years.” No source of information could be found to support the president’s statement, likely because the team was created in 2016 and disbanded in 2018. He continued: “And rather than spending the money and I’m a business person I don’t like having thousands of people around when you don’t need them.” The size of the team before cuts was estimated at 430 people, but the “thousands” referenced by the president also included reduction in the staff numbers of the CDC.
The term “Pandemic Response Team” is a popularized, unofficial term for the former directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense. The term was popularized by a series of tweets from Popular Information author Judd Legum, claiming that Trump fired the entire Pandemic Response Team.
He reorganized it. He did not get rid of it.
Read this and then go back to your friend and educate him - http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=386361
There was a pandemic team attached to the NSAs department at the White House. It was moved to HHS earlier in the administration.
The reason the left is freaking out is they think this made a difference in the response.
It is unlikely that these folks would have raised any alarms or taken any actions that would have changed the response.
Part of a reorganization directed by John Bolton, as I recall
Obviously he didn’t, you see the Three Health Expert Stooges in front of the mic.
The only real question:
Was there ever a true pandemic or has this always been a planned-emic?
Fauci, Birx, and...?
I believe they had a meeting last week with VP Pense.
The reference is to his reorganization of the team over a year ago. Despite what the claim was, they still existed, and their head still was performing the same function within the merged organization. They were called back up when the Wuhan Flu outbreak began.
Good luck with your friend.
Youre a patient soul.
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