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Trump Ended Pandemic Early Warning System 60 days before Pandemic.

Trump Ended Pandemic Early Warning System 60 days before Pandemic.

You can't make this up. There should be jail time for this.

"Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat.

The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Field work ceased when the funding ran out in September, and organizations that worked on the PREDICT program laid off dozens of scientists and analysts, said Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a key player in the program."

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-04-02/coronavirus-trump-pande...