With the help of Tyler Wyant
WHAT’S WRONG – The Trump book boom is about to enter its next phase: the pandemic memoir. And a big name seems to be printed first. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA commissioner for the Trump administration from 201
What are you most worried about right now?
We have seen how difficult it is to introduce the vaccine here in the United States and in parts of Europe where there is hesitation about taking it. This will be equivalent, if not deeper, in many parts of the world where there may be concerns about receiving a Western vaccine. So I think we will have real challenges in implementing vaccines far beyond supply. We openly focus on the wrong challenge. There will be enough supply.
What would you say we did most wrong in 2020?
The short-term thing we got wrong was that we applied a flu model to a coronavirus. We used the tools we had developed to try to mitigate the pandemic flu, and then made assumptions about how the virus spread and how it would behave based on our influenza assumptions, without recognizing how the coronavirus would behave. different way.
We mistakenly assumed that asymptomatic spread would not contribute significantly to the epidemic. We mistakenly assumed that it is spread mainly by droplet transmission. We mistakenly assumed that diagnostic testing would not be as important in limiting the epidemic, as we thought the incubation period was as short as the flu, and patients were contagious only after they became symptomatic, and early tests would not be as important in limiting the spread. .
Could we do something to investigate the laboratory leak theory earlier?
Well, not if China didn’t cooperate. But I think the critical information we could have identified earlier, with greater certainty, was the scope of the asymptomatic spread – if we were on the ground in China, if we were able to investigate and work side by side with the Chinese CDC .
Is there something you haven’t fully understood about the pandemic until you sit down to write?
What has been reinforced for me is that the CDC is a largely academic type of institution that has many independent silos that do not necessarily cooperate and are in fact unable to provide a large and rapid response to any kind of event of this magnitude. . It is much more focused on investigating early outbreaks and the things they contain. And we really lacked that operational capacity. There is no agency to control the various components that would matter.
Will we learn any lessons from the pandemic?
I think we will definitely do things differently. The question is whether we are learning the right lesson. That’s what the book is about.
We need to look at capacity building. We need to look at public health preparedness through the prism of national security. That means our foreign intelligence services. We need to do better proactive monitoring of risks. The old notion was that this was a mission being carried out by public health agencies and that we would get the information we needed to defend ourselves through a multilateral commitment such as the International Health Regulations, then the WHO. But we have seen that these conventions fail and fail many times over, and we can no longer rely on them alone.
And this was clearly not a bioterrorist weapon. But disloyal regimes and terrorist groups that are now looking at how this has hurt us more than many other nations – I think we need to re-evaluate the calculation of how we protect ourselves from biological threats.
Are you still wearing a mask?
I don’t wear a mask outdoors. But I wear a mask in certain indoor conditions where there are crowds. And not necessarily because I feel vulnerable. I am fully vaccinated. I feel like it’s a label. When I walk into a drugstore or grocery store, there are enough people wearing masks that I feel like wearing the mask makes other people feel less uncomfortable. That’s why I wore a mask.
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ONE MILLIMETER – Members of the G-7 say they are close – “a millimeter away” – from a global corporate tax deal after a meeting of the group’s finance ministers today. But they have not yet agreed on the main points of contention.
After the first day of talks, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Meir said the G7 countries were still discussing which companies should fall under the scope of a new tax mechanism for big business, partly based on sales. The parties still need to find an agreement on the other “pillar” of the reform – a global minimum tax rate.
The new system “should capture all important digital companies. This is a point that is currently being discussed, “Le Meir told the BBC, while noting that negotiations on the minimum rate are still ongoing.
The proposed minimum tax rate of 15 percent is “just a starting point,” he said. “I think if the negotiations are still ongoing, it’s because we’re still working on these really complicated interest rate points,” he said, noting that “it’s better to have a higher level of 15 percent.” “To make the reform more credible.
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FIRST STATE SUMMER – Tyler Wyant of Nightly, a lifelong lifetime in the Mid-Atlantic, emails:
I’ve been to Delaware once or twice in my life. I bought peach cakes and fresh produce from Willey’s in Townsend County New Castle. I walked through the picturesque swamps of the National Wildlife Refuge in Bombay Hook, watching the red-winged blackbirds land on the reeds. I ate an item from the menu of Grotto Pizza, which was actually just a giant tray with all their appetizers and I lived to tell the story.
This is a pretty nice place. Nice enough for Bidens to celebrate the first lady’s 70th birthday there this week. Still, the good people at Air Mail, an online magazine run by former Vanity Fair editor Graden Carter, are less impressed. “Democratic aides accustomed to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard are surprised when they retire to Biden’s summer home in Delaware,” Air Mail said in a piece entitled “Rehoboth.” What? “ it left me bluer than a hen.
“Joe Biden’s summer home, a three-story Cape Cod-style mansion in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, promises definitely less glamor” than the vacation getaways favored by Kennedy, Obama and Trump, journalist Alex Thomas wrote, as if it were such a bad thing . Bidens bought their home for a paltry $ 2.7 million in 2017, says Thomas, in part of the state, “spotted with signs of Trump” and smelling of manure. A handful of art galleries on Rehoboth’s promenade, Thomas Frets, “sell inconspicuous oil paintings on canvas and are larger than stores that sell stunning iPhone cases and junk with T-shirts on the market for teens.” Podkrug mourns: “More Jersey Shore than the North Shore. “
Thomas spent three summers as a lifeguard in Rehoboth and appears to be attached to the “summer capital of the country” of low-rent millionaires. And I’m very aware that reporters don’t write headlines and subheadings. But he definitely wants to be just a little more modern, more sophisticated, the people who would eat at the Waverly Inn at Graydon Carter, instead of the Fins Fish House & Raw Bar, whose dinners are worn out enough to mobilize the Offers in their own way. to the table.
I don’t know Rehoboth as well as Thomas. But I also don’t bother to at least rest in a place where Michelin tires on go-kart tracks are more common than Michelin stars in restaurants. I’ll be in Delaware sometime this summer, probably eating at one of my favorite breakfast places in Fenwick, or visiting friends in Bethany, or talking loud enough in a bar about Joe Flaco for someone to jump in to share a thought about The Eagles’ chances this fall. If Alex Thomas is around, the first Dogfish Head is on me.
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