Why did Jared Kushner’s plan for extensive COVID-19 screening “just went poof into thin air”?

Why did Jared Kushner’s plan for extensive COVID-19 screening “just went poof into thin air”?

Jared Kushner and President Donald J. Trump ( Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

President Trump has had two separate coronavirus job forces, one of which was run by his son-in-law

Alex Henderson
July 31, 2020 6: 18 PM (UTC)

This short article originally appeared on AlterNet

President Donald Trump has had two separate coronavirus job forces: the White House task force that is headed by Vice President Mike Pence and consists of medical specialists like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, and a private sector-oriented task force headed by Jared Kushner– a White Home senior adviser and the president’s son in law. Kushner, according to Vanity Fair’s Katherine Eban, released a coronavirus screening strategy back in the spring.

During a three-month duration, Eban notes, “more than 2.4 million Americans contracted COVID-19, and 123,331 of them died of the health problem– initially in New York, and then in states around the nation. The million tests, some of which were distributed by the Federal Emergency Situation Management Firm to several states, were of no help.

Vanity Fair, Eban reports, has actually acquired a copy of an invoice from the company Cogna Technology Solutions that “noted an overall order of 3.5 million tests for an amount owed of $52 million.”

” The tests’ mystical provenance would trigger confusion and finger-pointing,” Eban notes. “An Abu Dhabi– based artificial intelligence business, Group 42, with close ties to the UAE’s judgment family, recognized itself as the seller of 3.5 million tests and required payment. Its requests were routed through numerous divisions within Health and Person Services, whose legal representatives sought fruitless for a bona fide contracting officer.”

Trump has been claiming that the U.S. has the most extensive, effective and widely readily available coronavirus screening program in the world. That claim is extremely incorrect: throughout the current coronavirus surge, there have been many reports of individuals waiting much too long for their test results.

In the U.S., Eban observes, “Cable news and front pages have actually been dominated by pictures of miles-long lines of vehicles in scorching Arizona and Texas heat, their drivers waiting hours for limited diagnostic tests, and desperate Sun Belt mayors pleading fruitless for federal assistance to broaden testing capability.”

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