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Opinion: 12 ways the Trump administration botched America's response to Covid-19

October 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

David Holtgrave writes that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has just listed "ending the Covid-19 pandemic" as an administration achievement; however, the epidemic continues to worsen, and a number of administration errors have led to the current dire circumstances.

His three-decade career in public health has included senior positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Johns Hopkins University, and he served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during President Obama's administration.

Given this definition, the current administration has committed multiple public health errors that have harmed the national Covid-19 response.

Fourth, the administration reportedly pressured for FDA Emergency Use Authorizations of treatments such as hydroxychloroquine without sufficient evidence of potential effectiveness, eventually leading to a withdrawal of the hydroxychloroquine EUA, but not before the interest in this one drug diverted massive efforts in the medical, public health and research communities to focus on a drug that ultimately garnered scant evidence of effectiveness in well conducted studies.

This herd immunity approach has been widely criticized by many in the public health community, because by not having in place the necessary preventive precautions, it could yield substantial expansion of Covid-19 cases in the US and induce serious increases in morbidity and mortality.

Ninth, the President, his administration and his campaign have held or attended events in which they ignored most if not all public health recommendations for Covid-19 prevention.

Going forward, I encourage the administration and all public health decision makers to keep in mind this definition of a public health error, to avoid such serious mistakes, and to accept the responsibility for their errors when they do occur.

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