2017 Mock pandemic practice revealed lack of preparation we see now

The Obama administration produced in-depth reports on lessons-learned from Ebola, and how they should inform pandemic preparations for the future. In order to evaluate progress, officials from the Obama administration along with officials from the Trump administration (listed below) together ran a mock pandemic event.

The training event revealed: the government was underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated in a battle against a pandemic.

Read the Key Takeaways below:

The 60-page report details a lack of clarity of the chain of command and responsibilities between federal agencies, huge shortages of healthcare equipment, and a lack of coordination between federal, state, and local governments.

Here’s a list of attendees for the mock pandemic exercise:

Steven Mnuchin, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wilbur Ross, Betsy DeVos, Dr. Ben Carson, Elaine Chao, Stephen Miller, Marc Short, Reince Priebus (resigned), Rex Tillerson (fired), Gen. James Mattis (fired), Rep. Ryan Zinke (resigned), Sen. Jeff Sessions (resigned), Sen. Dan Coats (fired), Andrew Puzder (not confirmed), Dr. Tom Price (resigned), Gov. Rick Perry (resigned), Dr. David Shulkin (fired), Gen. John Kelly (resigned), Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Linda McMahon (resigned), Sean Spicer (fired), Joe Hagin (resigned), Joshua Pitcock (resigned), Tom Bossert (fired), KT McFarland (resigned), Gen. Michael Flynn (awaiting criminal sentencing), Gary Cohn (resigned), Katie Walsh (resigned), and Rick Dearborn (resigned).

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