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Jared Kushner's COVID-19 Brainstorms Stole Time From Scientists Racing The Clock: Report

Added 04-05-20 08:54:03am EST - “The former real estate developer threw half-formed ideas at health experts they didn't have time to deal with, The Washington Post reports.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Jared Kushner's COVID-19 Brainstorms Stole Time From Scientists Racing The Clock: Report”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A parallel COVID-19 strategy run by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has sucked valuable time from health experts scrambling to respond to the surging pandemic and save lives, sources have told The Washington Post.

Comments and requests from President Donald Trump’s son-in-law that task force members felt compelled to respond to — no matter how “ill-conceived” — set them even further back on an already-delayed path, according to the Post.

The Kushner complication has been just one of a series of stumbles that hampered the U.S. response to COVID-19, costing the country its most valuable weapon in a fight against any pandemic: time, according to a scathing chronology of the battle by the Post. Though the U.S. has the wealth and knowledge to conquer a disease, it has been plagued by the president’s time-costing denial of the threat, a subsequent sluggish response, and a lack of efficient management, the newspaper reported.

As Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar worked to head off the surging cases of the new coronavirus, Trump tended to turn for advice to others with “no credentials, experience or discernible insight in navigating a pandemic,” the Post reported. One of those was Kushner, a former real estate developer with no previous government or medical experience, who ran a parallel COVID-19 team from a floor of the HHS, and cooked up a series of half-formed ideas, according to the Post.

One brainstorm was for Google to set up a national website to direct people to testing sites in Walmart parking lots across America, the Post noted. The multiple Walmart sites haven’t yet materialized. And Google was taken by surprise when Trump announced at a press briefing last month that it was creating a national testing website. The company was just beginning to design a map testing site — and only for the San Francisco Bay Area, where Google’s headquarters are located.

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