The White House has indicated that they would like to dismantle the Coronavirus Task Force before Memorial Day.
President Donald Trump’s administration is considering plans to wind down its coronavirus task force as early as this month, a major shift in the White House strategy for responding to the greatest health crisis in a century.
Vice President Mike Pence, who has led the group since it was created in January, said Tuesday the work of the group will be transferred to other parts of the government, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That could take place this month or in early June, he said.
“I think we’re having conversations about that and about what the proper time is for the task force to complete its work and for the ongoing efforts to take place on an agency-by-agency level,” Pence said.
Too early? Well, yes normally I would say that it still is. As the nation finally starts to expand testing and additional positive cases are found…it is too early. As the number of states starting to re-open and early trends indicate that it may cause increased number of positive cases…it’s too early. Given that as a nation we haven’t met even the minimal guidelines proposed by the White House to re-open…it’s too early.
But given the fact that the task force has done nearly nothing and in fact may have damaged the communication between the experts and the public via the president’s demented comments and statements and factual lies…it’s too late.
And given all indications that people of all stripes and all regions are ignoring the stay at home orders and social distancing directives as spring starts to make it self felt…the failure of the task force may lead to additional deaths and destruction across the nation. And even the vice president wants to ignore the facts writ large:
“And as I’ve said before, as we continue to practice social distancing and states engage in safe and responsible reopening plans, I truly believe – and the trend lines support it – that we could be in a very different place,” he said,”and by late May and early June – and that probably represents the timetable for our agencies.”emphasis mine
The items in the bold emphasis aren’t actually happening in much of the nation…wishful thinking will not make it so. Some sources are predicting 3,000 COVID-19 deaths per day by June. Hopefully all of us will survive the summer.
All that’s missing is the mission accomplished banner on the White House.