“Look at the name: Our efforts were to predict this before it happens. That’s the part of the program that was exciting — and that’s the part I’m worried about,” Peter Dazak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, told the LA Times.
It’s absolutely critical that we don’t drop the idea of a large-scale, proactive, predictive program that tries to catch pandemics before they happen. Cutting a program that could in any way reduce the risk of things like COVID-19 happening again is, by any measure, shortsighted.
It’s also been revealed by USA Today that in May 2018, Trump’s biodefense preparedness adviser, Luciana Borio, warned that a flu pandemic was the USA’s “number one health security threat”.
But John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, cut the pandemic preparedness team in 2018 to “streamline” the agency.
When Trump was asked about the decision last week he said “didn’t do it”.
I just think it's a nasty question.
And when you say ‘me,' I didn't do it. ... I don't know anything about it.
We’ll that’s fine then! Case closed. No more questions, your honour.