Damning ‘Red Dawn’ E-mail Chain Shows Trump Was Informed and Failed to Act

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The “Red Dawn String,” Dr. Caneva said, was intended “to provide thoughts, concerns, raise issues, share information across various colleagues responding to Covid-19,” including medical experts and doctors from the Health and Human Services Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Homeland Security Department, the Veterans Affairs Department, the Pentagon and other federal agencies tracking the historic health emergency.

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Key Points in Email Exchange:

  • A Veterans Affairs official worried in January that the W.H.O. and C.D.C. were slow to address the spread of the virus.
  • Dr. Carter E. Mecher, a senior medical adviser helped write a report during the Bush era that focused on “what to do if the government was unable to contain a contagious disease and there was no available vaccine, like with the coronavirus.”
  • Evidence showed that the US would get hit hard by the virus back in February of 2020.
  • The Diamond Princess was an early case study on how quickly the virus could spread.
  • The concern these medical experts had been raising in late January and early February turned to alarm by the third week in February.
  • That was when they effectively concluded that the United States had already lost the fight to contain the virus, and that it needed to switch to mitigation. 

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