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In 2005, scientists bet that the next pandemic wouldn’t be a coronavirus …

March 28, 2020

They dropped the ball on development of test kits, vaccines and, oh yeah, testing of hydroxychloroquine.

Christine Dolan is a former Political Director for CNN and is now an Investigative Journalist, for a site called Just the News.

Her latest piece caught my eye:


Here’s Dolan’s top line:

Since the COVID-19 pandemic burst upon the world, scientists have been scrambling to conduct clinical tests on possible treatments, both old and new, like HIV cocktails, remdesivir, and anti-malaria drugs.

Their answers are weeks or months away, even as the disease spreads and claims more lives now.

But it didn’t have to be this way, experts say.

Government and private scientists could have taken the lessons and promising indicators gathered from prior coronavirus outbreaks dating to 2002 and turned them into clinical trials for the medicines that showed the most hope.

But instead the scientific world bet that the next big pandemic would emanate from a more traditional flu and not a coronavirus like Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

That bet proved wrong in 2020.

Here’s the scoop…


March 28 – COVID Tracker

March 28, 2020

Total Deaths to Date  Worldometer
1.301  March 27
1.036  March 26
   784  March 25

Daily New Deaths  Worldometer
403  Today
268   March 27
252   March 26
225   March 25


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