Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat
Just in case you think this is something that is only being reported now because of hindsight, here is the New York Times reporting on it from October.
In a move that worries many public health experts, the federal government is quietly shutting down a surveillance program for dangerous animal viruses that someday may infect humans.
Congress, along with the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, were “enormously supportive,” said Dr. Carroll, who is now a fellow at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.
The current US government has made what would have been a bad situation a lot worse. They have not learned from the mistakes, but instead they are doubling down on the stupid and thousands are going to die because of their incompetence.