- According to Biden, Trump ignored calls by experts to adequately prepare the nation for the pandemic.
- There are reported shortages of Covid-19 testing kits and medical equipment.
- Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to overcome the crisis.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his initial slow response to the coronavirus epidemic. On Thursday, the Democratic candidate took a swipe at his initial coronavirus remarks downplaying the seriousness of the virus. The presidential hopeful said that the president is trying to deflect blame by attempting to label the scourge the “Chinese Virus.”
According to Biden, Trump ignored calls by experts to adequately prepare the nation for the pandemic and spent a lot of time downplaying its severity, at one point declaring, “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
Trump has blamed China for not containing the virus within its own borders. “It would have been much better if we had known about this a number of months earlier. It could have been contained to that one area in China where it started. And certainly the world is paying a big price for what they did”, he says.
Political experts believe that Trump is trying to rewrite the coronavirus history. He has this rare opportunity to counter a once-in-a-generation disease. The main problem that the Trump administration is facing right now is unexpected medical shortages.
According to Scott Becker, the CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, there is an impending shortage of medical equipment. An insufficiency of test kits, in particular, threatens to derail the fight against Covid-19. In Minnesota, some pop-up test centers have been closed due to acute shortages. And in Ohio, the Department of Health has limited testing to only highly vulnerable patients.
Roche Diagnostics Corporation has revealed that it is currently distributing over 400,000 test kits per week, but even this isn’t enough to keep up with skyrocketing demand. Discussions with government agencies on the best way to mitigate the issue have led to prioritizing centers with the widest geographical reach.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has asked Americans not to fall into a false sense of security as current shortages are alarming. “We need the testing, test kits,” Manchin said. “We have to have it and all the supplies that go with it.” Manchin added, “when it hits my state— and it has hit— it is going to be absolutely catastrophic.”
The Society of Critical Care Medicine has already raised the alarm over a ventilator deficit. According to the agency, over 900,000 Americans are likely to be put on ventilators at some point during the illness, but there are currently only about 200,000 machines. About half of them are old models that are less effective, and many of those available are presently being used by patients suffering from other ailments but in critical condition.
Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to boost the national medical capacity to overcome this problem. The policy allows for greater distribution of resources within the country’s healthcare system.