AP: Trump administration waited until mid-March to order bulk pandemic supplies

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We can add another failure to the litany of failures, indifference and incompetence of the Trump administration in responding to (or even reacting to) the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. The Associated Press reports that newly obtained federal purchasing contracts show “federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.”

Mid-March. Long after it was clear that the virus had already spread to the United States, was already threatening to overwhelm hospitals here, and long after events in China and in Italy demonstrated the likelihood of equipment shortages, rationing, and increased deaths. (California Gov. Gavin Newsom, for example, issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 19.)

It was only then that the Trump-led federal government, after two months of Trump downplaying the virus and even members of Trump’s appointed coronavirus task force insisting it was “contained,”, took steps to acquire the sort of emergency medical equipment that hospitals were already warning were in short supply.

Mid-March.

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Once again Trump screws up and we are told about it, and all we do is take his crap. It’s time for the people to take back this country and White House. It’s time to tell Trump and the GOP, we’d had enough and it’s time for you to go.

John Johnson
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John Johnson

I have been saying that for a while now. Screw waiting for the senate to get their shit together, their NOT going to. WE the People need to do it. Take back OUR America not Trumps!
Kick his ass to the curb along with ALL his As$hole cronies!

Mik
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Have you ever heard of a Slum Lord doing repairs before the plumbing fully breaks down? Trump-akov just slum-lorded the United States of America into a viral pandemic resulting in the deaths of hundreds upon hundreds of innocent American men, women, and children. 1. When advised of this epidemic in China, he should have halted any Chinese visitors who where from, or had traveled to that region from entering the USA. He did not. 2. He should have ordered hundreds of thousands of tests formulated, and ordered testing of all USA citizens and vistors traveling here from Asia. He did… Read more »
Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
Trump screws up everything he’s ever been involved in . That’s no secret, what is stupid is his base can’t see it . Or they are willfully blind , hoping he’ll get by with his Bullshit. But not this time , people have died because of his inability to be honest about the situation in America today . It’s all about his re-election campaign. Nothing else matters , only him , on the cusp of the end of his life , still no room for compassion of his fellow man . If there’s a hell , he’ll be there with… Read more »