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US was more prepared for pandemic than any
other country, Johns Hopkins study found

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 3/25/2020 4:26:15 AM

The United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic in late 2019 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) -- an assessment seemingly at odds with claims by Democrats that the Trump administration left the country vulnerable to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The Global Health Security Index was was "developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit" from 2018 to 2019, The Washington Post reported last year. "More than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: John C 3/25/2020 5:42:17 AM (No. 357072)
Won't hold my breath waiting for this on the evening news.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: redraider 3/25/2020 6:01:01 AM (No. 357084)
Thank You! Mr. President, and the entire Trump Administration. KAG.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 3/25/2020 6:50:04 AM (No. 357109)
Why let facts get in the way of a good story?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40 3/25/2020 7:55:07 AM (No. 357176)
Who was responsible. Certainly not Obidenbama or whatever is today's version.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: udanja99 3/25/2020 8:27:02 AM (No. 357220)
Well, duh!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/25/2020 8:48:29 AM (No. 357260)
And as we see, the WH leadership team was already in place, too.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: gone2pot 3/25/2020 8:57:05 AM (No. 357273)
Uh huh, that's great. And we should be the most ready nation in the world. What still amazes me is that our enemy, the Chicoms, invaded the world to get to the US, knowingly, with malice and forethought for many reasons but two big ones were to instill fear and panic AND destroy the largest economy in the world to greatly weaken an opponent. And, we seem to be letting them conquer us via the MSM, the elected Marxist and THIS kids; the Nevada governor (a Marxist, duuuhhh) just banned the ONLY KNOWN CURE for the Chicom virus for the citizens of Nevada. Yessiree, WE have Chicom infiltrators helping them kill more of us. We're NOT ready for that when American Marxists use legal means to kill Americans.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/25/2020 9:00:14 AM (No. 357274)
Trump's fault, right?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 3/25/2020 9:15:21 AM (No. 357288)
And let's not forget Bill DeBlasio, Mayor of NYC, who's clumsy response to the crisis leads to almost 50% of all the cases in the US right in the Big Apple. Always the Democrats end up hurting us, always.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Right Time 3/25/2020 10:00:09 AM (No. 357362)
5...4...3....2....1.... ....Seconds before Obama takes a bow for this,
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Reply 11 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/25/2020 10:02:38 AM (No. 357366)
In spite on all the fake news from the enemedia, the truth somehow comes out. And the truth is that America is the best prepared for this or any other emergency. Best infrastructure. Best supply chains. Best resources. Best technology. Best and most resourceful people. And now, best leader. As for China, if we needed to or someday had to, if we wanted to destroy them, we wouldn't even have to set loose any biowarfare or nuclear warfare on them. All we would have to do is totally cut off all their products for U.S. import. They are almost totally dependent economically on us. Just remember that next time you go to Costco for your electronic goods, tennis shoes, or dog food. YOU have the power to let them know how you feel about this. You don't need a government boycott to do it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: edgar 3/25/2020 10:16:48 AM (No. 357385)
That is surprising given that the preparedness did not support the required execution. The ability to test people for Wuhan / COVID 19 continues to hinder understanding who all is infected. Also, the lack of respirators, masks, etc. does not support US preparedness. This is the Federal Bureaucracy that is accountable for making sure these items on available. This is a CYA article for the CDC, who appears to have been totally unprepared for this outbreak.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 3/25/2020 10:20:23 AM (No. 357394)
Just did a search on 'United States hospital capacity'. Found a chart for 2018. The United States has over 3900 hospitals. Those hospitals have over 745,000 staffed beds. Over 31 million people were discharged from those hospitals. We are in good shape. Could we handle a million people showing up at the hospital in one day? Nope. Likely never could. Will that happen due to corona virus? Doubtful. Its an election year folks. The Democrats, the media, and the rest of their allies are manufacturing issues to run on. Its what they do. We have the best healthcare on earth. Healthcare insurance? That's a different issue.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MNluxiegal 3/25/2020 10:22:53 AM (No. 357399)
The number one reason is the person in the Oval Office - President Donald J Trump. He is a successful businessman and has always had to face challenges which requires common sense.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 3/25/2020 10:39:00 AM (No. 357414)
Wait, wait. That's not the narrative. We can't let the truth leak out. The US was the MOST ready? Trump didn't disassemble the health care system? Some dem governors and media people are bowing to the hard reality that Trump has done a very good job. That is killing the Madcows and their useless networks that no one watches. We will NEVER be immediately "ready" for pandemics like the Chinese virus. We CAN have better planning in place, ready to go. We should increase stockpiles of some generic supplies. Should we have 100,000 ventilators sitting in a warehouse somewhere? No. But maybe we should know who could be tasked to make them in an emergency and what raw materials are needed and where they would come from. Maybe we should pay some of the companies to stockpile parts that have longer lead times to produce, for example, electronic circuits. We can be better ready to put together temporary hospital facilities where needed, etc. We can strike a better balance between preparedness and unrealistic costs.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: starboard 3/25/2020 10:45:12 AM (No. 357424)
I agree with the headline. The liberal naysayers have been spewing about not having test kits and ventilators ready. A couple of my liberal friends who have become constantly angry have gone over the edge with this. I'm sure when the recovery money arrives in their bank account, their tune will change...but not for long.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: inspectorudy 3/25/2020 11:09:58 AM (No. 357460)
Why haven't we seen articles about this virus attack being deliberate? China will never overtake the US unless they resort to antics like this. If they and their allies, the msm/Dems can wreck the US economy, along with the totalitarianism form of the Chinese government, they can leap forward where we can't. The Chicoms can make their people do whatever they order them to do but we cannot do that. Why is this not being discussed? Also, what about the over one million Chinese cell phone accounts that have gone missing? What does this mean? China, contrary to Obiden's statement, is not our friend!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 3/25/2020 1:44:22 PM (No. 357702)
Yeah, I read this on Yahoo news Or was it cbs? abc? msnbc? cnn? s/ They have so many fake news sock puppets We need a NETWORK of daily truth To counter their disinformation and lies Veterans for truth Veterans for Trump 2020
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Mike22 3/25/2020 2:32:34 PM (No. 357771)
And we have industries immediately pivoting to make (and frequently donating) the the N95 masks we need to replace the stockpile the government failed to replenish after they were depleted in the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic giving medical personnel and patients protection they need. 3D printing ventilator masks. And converting scuba gear and CPAPs into ventilators. And Trump's "right to try" drugs that show promise in treating this nasty Chinese virus. While the democrats and media relentlessly obstruct everything.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: 4Justice 3/25/2020 5:45:58 PM (No. 357973)
Of course the lefties will say Obama did it....pfft!
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