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How Jared Kushner’s secret testing plan “went poof into thin air”

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    dubteedub
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    This is pretty much confirmation of what has been suspected for months. Because the initial pandemic only hit blue states / cities, the Trump team determined that it was not worth investing the...

    Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.

    That logic may have swayed Kushner. “It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert said.

    This is pretty much confirmation of what has been suspected for months. Because the initial pandemic only hit blue states / cities, the Trump team determined that it was not worth investing the time and money needed for testing and tracing to stop it. They thought it was politically beneficial if Democratic voters died. I am sure the fact that this virus was disproportionately killing black and brown people was just icing on the cake for Trump and the GOP.

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      The fact that pretty much everyone already knew this, and that most of us pretty much assume nothing will happen now that it's confirmed, says a lot about how far we've fallen as a country and how...

      The fact that pretty much everyone already knew this, and that most of us pretty much assume nothing will happen now that it's confirmed, says a lot about how far we've fallen as a country and how much our politics have been inhumanely eroded beyond any point of recognition.

      The article also has a chilling forecast for America. Dr. Rajiv Shah, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation which is attempting to ramp up testing in the US significantly, said the following:

      “We know what has to be done: broad and ubiquitous testing tied to broad and effective contact tracing,” until a vaccine can be widely administered, Shah told Vanity Fair. “It takes about five minutes for anyone to understand that is the only path forward to reopening and recovering.” Without that, he said, “Our country is going to be stuck facing a series of rebound epidemics that are highly consequential in a really deleterious way.”

      And, in a July 15th call:

      Though speaking in a typically mild-mannered tone, Shah delivered a stark warning: “We fear the fall will be worse than the spring.” He added, putting it bluntly: “America is not near the top of countries who have handled COVID-19 effectively.”

      The idea that this could get worse is terrifying, especially with school reopenings on the horizon -- a decision which has already been heavily politicized and for which the CDC has changed its policies in response to pressure from a President who has repeatedly demonstrated that his only concern in this pandemic isn't the lives of others but his own image:

      (Last week, the CDC issued new guidelines that enthusiastically endorsed reopening schools and downplayed the risks, after coming under heavy pressure from President Trump to revise guidelines that he said were “very tough and expensive.”)

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