After wrongly inciting ‘vaping related’ hysteria, can CDC be trusted to manage the coronavirus?
The coronavirus is real, it’s deadly, and it’s spreading. Last night on MSNBC, Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist Laurie Garrett astonished viewers when she blurted out that Trump had “fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command back in 2018 and never replaced them with anyone.” Is this true or just more anti-Trump claptrap?
The vaping community is unfortunately growing accustomed to government-incited hysteria intended to paint nicotine-based vapor products in a consistently negative light. Several years ago, the then Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Dr. Scott Gottlieb - deviously labeled teen vaping as a national epidemic even though numerous public health experts publicly called his accusations utter lies.
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More recently during the summer of 2019, the mainstream media began reporting of a widespread outbreak of a mysterious lung disorder that was “vaping related.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immediately issued a press release warning the American people to avoid using all vapor products and e-cigarettes. Even though Dr. Gottlieb himself had posted on Twitter that the outbreak was likely due to the vaping of illicit THC-containing cartridges, the CDC held firm. Nicotine vapes, the CDC maintained, were still considered highly unsafe.
It wasn’t until several months later that CDC officials were forced to revise their prior statements. In a January 14, 2020 tweet, the CDC was forced to finally publicly acknowledge that it had been misleading the general public the whole time. “CDC recommends that you should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC, particularly from informal sources. Data suggest these products play a major role in the current lung injury outbreak. Learn more: http://cdc.gov/lunginjury.”.
From the beginning of the “vaping related” news reports to the publication of this January tweet by the CDC, over four months had gone by. Yesterday, the stock market witnessed its largest drop in two years when the Dow Jones plummeted over 1000 points in a single trading session. The instigator, may analysts believe, was the growing number of new reports saying that the coronavirus originally thought to be contained in China was now spreading to Korea, Iran, and Italy. In fact, even Iran’s Deputy Health Minister is reported to have tested positive for the virus.
Within an hour after the daily close of the stock market yesterday, President Trump sent a tweet of his own. “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” But can the American People trust the president or the CDC to keep Americans safe?
What is the National Security Council?
Love him or hate him, President Trump is not known for his ability to plan ahead. He’s a disruptor, an instigator of controversy, a politician whom voters put into office merely to shake things up a bit. He’s also notoriously frugal.
Which may be why he decided over two years ago to fire the top officials of the very government agencies whose primary responsibilities are to prevent the spreading of pandemic diseases like Ebola and Bird Flu to the United States from other countries. He gutted those agencies two years ago and never hired new Trump loyalists as replacement staff.
Supporters of the president will say that Trump has the right to fire anyone that he likes. After all, White House staffers work “at the pleasure of the president.” This may be true, but why has he not re-staffed these federal emergency response agencies with Republican new hires? And why is he tweeting about the CDC?
The CDC has the abilities – supposedly =- to identify new diseases and their corresponding diagnostic trends. The CDC might even be able to successfully invent a preventative vaccine or a medical cure for the coronavirus. But the CDC does not have the logistical capabilities nor the internal infrastructure to keep the virus from spreading throughout the United States.
That’s the job of the National Security Council. “One of the national security jobs the president emptied and never bothered to refill is the position at the national security council that’s supposed to take point on all global health security matters,” said Garrett last night.
No one can dispute that the CDC has a very important role to play in the prevention of the coronavirus from spreading, but what is in dispute is the agency’s trustworthiness in providing accurate and timely information about the virus to the American People. If the “vaping related” lung disorder of 2019 is any indication, the United States may be in for a wild and perhaps deadly ride in the weeks and months ahead.
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