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A one time top US health official has told Congress the country could face its “darkest winter in modern history” because of the coronavirus.
Rick Bright guided the government agency in the verge of developing a vaccine, but was pulled out from his post last month.
Mr Bright says he was removed from the job after his refusal to advocate an untested drug treatment being proclaimed as a “game changer” by President Trump.
Mr Trump has declared Mr Bright is a “disgruntled” employee.
Mr Bright also told the House of Representatives subcommittee on health “lives were lost” because of government “inaction” in the early stages of the escalation.
*He said he first spoke out about a medical equipment shortage in January, raising the issue to the “highest levels” of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but “got no response”.
During his testimony, Mr Bright warned that the US’s “window of opportunity” to deal with the coronavirus was “closing”.*
“If we fail to improve our response now, based on science, I fear the pandemic will get worse and be prolonged,” he said.
“Without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history.”
Mr Bright also explained to the subcommittee that in January he was sent an email he would “never forget”, from a distributor of medical-grade face masks who notified of a severe scarcity.
Risk may loom as submission with COVID-19 measures goes down. This disease is real and a killer as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global pandemic.
COVID-19 was initially confirmed in the Gambia on 16th March 2020 and presently the country’s COVID-19 status stands at 1 death, 9 recoveries and 11 positive cases.
At the global level, the pandemic since its escalation has killed a toll of 244,122 with 3,446,291 confirmed cases as of 4th May 2020, making it the world’s night mare which at the moment, has no cure or vaccine.
In spite of coming up with a State of Public Emergency and limitations coupled with the numerous sensitization campaigns on the pandemic, Gambians from the onset of the escalation conformed with the guidelines.
To ascertain the submission with the guidelines set aside to contain the escalation of the disease give rise to this medium to visit some of the public places and see the level of concurrence with the precautionary measures put in place.
*At Latrikunda Sabiji Market, this reporter observed that physical distancing rules on public gathering and the use of masks have not been implemented; that people could be seen in numbers without masks and hand washing is also neglected by many at market entrances.*