Archive for the ‘Public Health’ Category

With a single unconstitutional ruling, Lina Hidalgo might’ve become Public Enemy #1 in Houstonians’ eyes. Hidalgo ruled that not wearing a mask in public in Harris County could earn them “180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.” The backlash was swift and harsh, starting with Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and extending to the Houston Police Officers Union, aka HPOU.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted that “These kind of confused government policies fuel public anger and rightfully so.” Lt. Gov. Patrick noted “that Hidalgo’s order … was announced on the same day as plans surfaced for closing a costly temporary hospital ‘because it wasn’t needed.'”

The HPOU was the harshest critic. President Joe Gamaldi of Houston Police Officers’ Union Lodge 110 wrote in a statement “It is clear the so-called leader of Harris County lacks any critical thinking skills but let me assure the public, our officers do!”


This jumped out at me:

But Judge Lina Hidalgo’s action, which intended to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in the third most populous county in the U.S., drew immediate pushback — including from the state’s lieutenant governor, who called the move “the ultimate government overreach,” and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who wrote that “commonsense guidelines” should never lead to “unjust tyranny.”

If this isn’t part of Texas state statutes, then I don’t see how this is taken seriously. Without a law passed by the legislature, judges can’t just make up a crime. That requires enacting a law and getting the governor’s signature. I’d be surprised if the Texas Attorney General doesn’t smack this overreach down before it becomes ‘law’ on Monday.

Whatever happened to Gov. Tim Walz’s One Minnesota that he campaigned on? Apparently, Gov. Walz is under the illusion that we’re united behind his mitigation plan for the COVID-19 virus. That’s the only conclusion I could reach from this tweet:


Minnesota small businesses aren’t united behind Gov. Walz’s mitigation plan. House and Senate Republicans definitely aren’t united behind Gov. Walz. Kevin Roche has written a blistering attack against Gov. Walz. In that article, Roche wrote this:

What the modelers did do that is very useful, is to run various mitigation strategy scenarios. That is exactly the approach that should be taken. How else do you know what the relative benefits and harms will be of whatever set of mitigation of spread tactics you adopt. And please, look at the PowerPoint slides and note that you get basically the exact same number of deaths regardless of the mitigation strategy. My favored approach, use basic mitigation for the bulk of the population, but isolate the at-risk groups, has the same outcome as making everyone stay at home.

This was posted to show Gov. Walz’s table for determining which stores should be shut which can stay open:

This shows the IHME prediction for Minnesota:

The IHME model is predicting approximately 450 COVID-related deaths. The U of M model predicts 22,000 COVID-19-related deaths in Minnesota. Why is a tax preparing shop in Anoka considered safe but a 1-station beauty salon right next door is shut down? Why is a Walmart store considered safe but a Piggly Wiggly considered unsafe?

Gov. Walz has driven Minnesota’s economy into the dirt with his foolish decisions. He’s never paid a price for his terrible decisions. That’s what happens when you hold a government job. What’s required for Minnesota to prosper is someone with private sector experience. That’s something that Tim Walz doesn’t have. Let’s change that the next time he’s up for re-election.

Supposedly, following the experts is the safest path for politicians. I say supposedly because the ‘experts’ are wrong so often that I consider following them to be just as foolish as trusting conventional wisdom. FYI- trusting conventional wisdom is exceptionally foolish.

Gov. Walz is considered a trustworthy person, mostly because he’s been a public figure for a lengthy period of time. Joe Biden is considered a moderate because, other than his gaffes, he’d been a moderate until he met Barack Obama. While Gov. Walz isn’t as buffoonish as Biden, there’s little that he’s gotten right in his political career.

Biden and Walz benefit from the fact that they’re both Democrats. That automatically means that they’re protected from scrutiny. Recently, Biden admitted that President Trump’s decision to halt travel with China was the right decision. The MSM didn’t criticize him even though he’d originally called President Trump a racist and a xenophobe:


President Trump got criticized mercilessly for his decision. Dr. Fauci eventually insisted that he’d made the right decision. Few people disagree anymore — including VP Biden.

The ‘experts’, starting with Nancy Pelosi, howl each time President Trump talks about opening the economy. Here’s a question for the so-called experts. When is the right time to bring people back to work? What needs to happen before it’s safe to open the factories, restaurants, grocery stores and hardware stores? Here’s a question for Gov. Walz: why is it ok to let a tax preparer in Anoka do business but a hair salon right next door sit empty? Why can a Walmart be open for grocery shopping but Piggly Wiggly be subject to Gov. Walz’s EO?

In this video, VP Biden positively touts the World Health Organization, aka the W.H.O.:

That’s another set of experts that Democrats frequently tout. They’re just China’s puppets. They’re as corrupt as the Chinese. They say whatever China tells them to say.

President Trump is a leader. Yes, he takes tons of criticism from ‘experts’ like the W.H.O., Nancy Pelosi and Sleepy Joe Biden but his decisions have mostly been right the first time. You can’t say that about Biden or Pelosi.

Apparently, Gov. Walz wants his legacy to be for needlessly shutting the state down. In that respect, he’s similar to Gov. Dayton, except that Gov. Dayton’s shutdown was from a budget shutdown. They’re similar from the standpoint that both were avoidable. Gov. Dayton eventually caved without getting what he wanted (tax increases).

Tim Walz is getting solid support from the DFL. They aren’t arguing with him needlessly shutting down the state until May 4. Here are the opening 2 paragraphs of the Strib article:

Gov. Tim Walz is extending a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 to push the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic into the summer — and to buy time to allow hospitals to stock up on supplies and researchers to develop tests and treatments against the new coronavirus.

The existing two-week stay-at-home order has already put Minnesota on a trajectory for a lower rate of cases than states such as New York and Louisiana, where hospitals have struggled with a surge of severely ill patients, the governor said. Even so, projections suggest the state will either run short or barely have enough intensive care hospital beds, ventilators, masks and protective equipment for doctors and nurses to weather the expected caseload.

The truth is that there were 5 more COVID-19-related deaths yesterday. 4 of them happened in nursing homes. Further, “projections” have been virtually worthless, both here and nationwide. Relying on them is as reliable as throwing darts.

That doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t serious. It is. It’s just that we can avoid COVID-19’s worst without shutting down Minnesota’s economy. This is another story of the dog that didn’t bark. What Gov. Walz hasn’t talked about is how well we’d be doing by just practicing proper social distancing.

This is disturbing:

The new order will expand that list and allow some workers to immediately return to jobs that don’t pose obvious risks of spreading the virus. Walz mentioned landscapers, for example, and said that he would be reviewing other businesses during the next month that also could reopen under certain conditions.

Those are jobs that shouldn’t have been halted in the first place. It’s most likely that, in his first crisis, Gov. Walz either panicked or blew it. Further, he hasn’t been well-served by his staff. Here’s an example:

“We’re not predicting a certain number of deaths will happen or won’t happen with these scenarios,” said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner. “It’s directional. It’s all about helping us understand which levers have the biggest impact. And what the model confirms … is that the biggest levers really are building up ICU capacity and isolating the most vulnerable.”

How does sheltering-in-place impact nursing homes? Here are the things for which “Minnesotans may leave their residences”:

  1. Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
  2. Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  3. Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
  4. Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
  5. Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
  6. Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
  7. Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
  8. Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
  9. Voting, including all local and state elections.
  10. Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
  11. Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

It’s apparent that Gov. Walz isn’t paying attention to the people. There are more signs that they’re ignoring his warnings.Apparently, Gov. Walz wants his legacy to be for needlessly shutting the state down. In that respect, he’s similar to Gov. Dayton, except that Gov. Dayton’s shutdown was from a budget shutdown. They’re similar from the standpoint that both were avoidable. Gov. Dayton eventually caved without getting what he wanted (tax increases).

Tim Walz is getting solid support from the DFL. They aren’t arguing with him needlessly shutting down the state until May 4. Here are the opening 2 paragraphs of the Strib article:

Gov. Tim Walz is extending a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 to push the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic into the summer — and to buy time to allow hospitals to stock up on supplies and researchers to develop tests and treatments against the new coronavirus.

The existing two-week stay-at-home order has already put Minnesota on a trajectory for a lower rate of cases than states such as New York and Louisiana, where hospitals have struggled with a surge of severely ill patients, the governor said. Even so, projections suggest the state will either run short or barely have enough intensive care hospital beds, ventilators, masks and protective equipment for doctors and nurses to weather the expected caseload.

The truth is that there were 5 more COVID-19-related deaths yesterday. 4 of them happened in nursing homes. Further, “projections” have been virtually worthless, both here and nationwide. Relying on them is as reliable as throwing darts.

That doesn’t mean that COVID-19 isn’t serious. It is. It’s just that we can avoid COVID-19’s worst without shutting down Minnesota’s economy. This is another story of the dog that didn’t bark. What Gov. Walz hasn’t talked about is how well we’d be doing by just practicing proper social distancing.

This is disturbing:

The new order will expand that list and allow some workers to immediately return to jobs that don’t pose obvious risks of spreading the virus. Walz mentioned landscapers, for example, and said that he would be reviewing other businesses during the next month that also could reopen under certain conditions.

Those are jobs that shouldn’t have been halted in the first place. It’s most likely that, in his first crisis, Gov. Walz either panicked or blew it. Further, he hasn’t been well-served by his staff. Here’s an example:

“We’re not predicting a certain number of deaths will happen or won’t happen with these scenarios,” said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner. “It’s directional. It’s all about helping us understand which levers have the biggest impact. And what the model confirms … is that the biggest levers really are building up ICU capacity and isolating the most vulnerable.”

How does sheltering-in-place impact nursing homes? Here are the things for which “Minnesotans may leave their residences”:

  1. Relocation to ensure safety, such as relocating to a different location if your home is unsafe due to domestic violence, sanitation, or reasons related to essential operations.
  2. Health and safety activities, such as obtaining emergency services or medical supplies.
  3. Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, hunting, or fishing.
  4. Necessary supplies and services, such as getting groceries, gasoline, or carry-out.
  5. Essential intrastate and interstate travel, such as returning to a home from outside this state.
  6. Care of others, such as caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household.
  7. Displacement, such as moving between emergency shelters if you are without a home.
  8. Moving or relocation, such as moving to a new home or place of residence.
  9. Voting, including all local and state elections.
  10. Funerals, providing that no more than ten attendees are gathered and strict social distancing is enforced.
  11. Tribal activities and lands, such as activities by members within the boundaries of their tribal reservation.

It’s apparent that Gov. Walz isn’t paying attention to the people. There are more signs that they’re ignoring his warnings.

It’s time for Tim Walz to start making smart decisions. Right now, that isn’t happening. This op-ed, written by Senators Jim Abeler, John Hoffman and Scott Jensen is a little outdated but it’s essential reading, especially for Gov. Walz and Jan Malcolm, Gov. Walz’s Health commissioner. That’s who it’s written to.

In the article, Abeler, Hoffman and Jensen wrote “some of the tools employed fighting COVID-19 are creating needless harm to our citizens’ mental and financial well-being, while providing no benefit in the fight. And they are also putting the over 100,000 Minnesotans with a disability at great risk when next year’s budget shows billions in shortfalls.”

Later in the article, the meat of the article, I’d argue, they wrote “A small insurance company in Anoka is open, since it provides financial services. Next to it, a hair salon with a single chair is shuttered by executive order. The insurance agency will be able to pay its rent and property tax on a home. The hair stylist with the salon may never open again.”

What’s the sense in that plan? Is Gov. Walz that ignorant? There’s a better way:

So now, let us define “safe” vs. “unsafe” sites instead of “essential” vs. “nonessential” functions. If a site is generally safe, let it remain open or reopen. Let the solo hair stylist remain in his or her hair salon. Let the golfers golf. Let the cabinet builders build.

Gov. Walz, why would you keep places closed that don’t need closing? If you look at charts of the state that show where most COVID-19 deaths happened, you’d notice that they happened in nursing homes. Wednesday morning, I wrote that, as of that moment, 1,069 Minnesotans had gotten infected by COVID-19. Why on God’s green earth did we need to shut down Minnesota’s economy? First of all, COVID-19 is lethal for people with previous health situations or older people. If they’re healthy 50-somethings or 40-somethings, the chances of getting ill are virtually nil. Why shouldn’t golfers be golfing? Why shouldn’t homebuilders be building homes? If a restaurant practices proper social distancing and tells customers to practice proper hygiene, why not let them open? This paragraph is key:

This will cause no impact on the fight against COVID-19, but it will greatly aid in the financial recovery, and it will markedly improve many people’s mental health.

This is frightening:

The key phrase from Sen. Jensen in the video is “fear is a great way to control people.” Bingo! Think about the control that Gov. Walz seized when he shut the state down. There was a better way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and frequently washing your hands could’ve done everything that shutting the state down entirely did.

That’s the dirty little truth Gov. Walz doesn’t want you to discover. That’s the truth that Jan Malcolm can’t afford for Minnesotans to discover. If Minnesotans find that out, they’ll start questioning whether Gov. Walz is telling the truth. They’ll start questioning whether Gov. Walz’s solutions are that effective. (Hint: they aren’t.)

Gov. Walz failed in his first test. That’s because he isn’t a thinker or visionary. He’s a follower, as most legislators are. This isn’t surprising since legislators don’t run things. They’re the bloviators. If something fails, someone else cleans up the mess.

The phrase ‘Made in China’ still means what it meant 40+ years ago. It still means that you’re buying junk. Forty+ years ago, it meant junk. Then Nixon went to China and businesses started thinking that they’d make tons of money selling their products to China, which was true. Then people started thinking that they’d democratize China and that China would become a democratized nation of capitalists.

That part failed miserably.

That leads us to today’s China news:

The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister tested positive for Coronavirus late last month, was hospitalized over the weekend, then was transferred to an intensive care unit early this week after his symptoms worsened. He has been sickened by a highly-transmissible virus that originated in China, whose government lied, suppressed data and covered up crucial information over the course of critical early weeks — leading to a global pandemic — and their deceit persists to this day. With that as a backdrop, the British government is demanding a refund after becoming the latest victim of defective anti-Coronavirus medical supplies:

The UK is demanding a refund on this Chinese trash. (The sound you hear in the background is Chinese credibility collapsing.) Meanwhile, US innovators are creating new technologies that astonish people with their reliability. (The sound you hear under your feet is the ground shifting as the US reestablishes its marketplace dominance.

When Japan rebuilt its economy, it rebuilt by making quality products. When China entered the world market, it kept building crap for most things. This article highlights how much China’s stock is dropping:

In a blog post on Monday, John Bell, the coordinator of coronavirus testing for Public Health England, said that none of England’s 17 million antibody kits — including the ones bought from China — have performed well. “We see many false negatives and we also see false positives,” he wrote. “…This is not a good result for test suppliers or for us.”

It’s clear that US products are higher quality than China’s products. That’s especially important during a health crisis. Each test, each product is important. Lives hang in the balance with each test. That isn’t something that you can ‘roll the dice’ on. That’s something that you’ve got to nail each time, every time.

It’s likely that Minnesota DFL Gov. Tim Walz will start undoing the damage he did when he issued his initial stay-at-home executive order. At the time of his first EO, Gov. Walz relied on a model that “is premised on modeling performed by state and University of Minnesota public health experts. According to the modeling as reported by the Star Tribune, “up to 2.4 million Minnesotans could become infected with COVID-19[.]’ Further, ‘researchers roughly calculated that 74,000 Minnesotans would have died if no community mitigation measures had been taken, including limitations on crowd sizes and closing schools, restaurants and bars.'”

At the time, Gov. Walz was mostly driven by panic and poor analysis. As I write this, 34 people have died in Minnesota who had COVID-19. Notice that I didn’t say that 34 people had died of COVID-19. I said that 34 people who had been infected by COVID-19 had died. That’s a distinction with a significant difference.

Further, there wasn’t much of a chance that Minnesota would do nothing to protect themselves. In other words, Gov. Walz shut down the state because he panicked. Now, he’s trying to take credit for Minnesota limiting the spread of COVID-19. The truth is that the mitigation techniques were proposed by President Trump’s task force. Gov. Walz simply went along with their recommendation.

At this point, Minnesota is just 73,966 deaths short of the model’s prediction. Even with mitigation measures in place, we’re still 49,966 deaths short of the model’s predictions.

As of this morning, there have been 1,069 confirmed cases of people catching COVID-19. Admittedly, that number might be a bit low. Still, 1,100 confirmed cases isn’t justification for shutting a state down for 2 weeks.

If Gov. Walz wants to take credit for shutting down the state over COVID-19, he’ll have to explain why a) he panicked, b) his Department of Health got things so badly wrong and c) the U of M got things so badly wrong. Further, the Star Tribune has omitted the 74,000 figure from its reporting other than its first article. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Star Tribune is protecting a DFL governor. That’s what they do. That’s what they’ve done for a generation. We would’ve been better off had Gov. Walz shut down the Strib than shutting down the state.

Walz issued the stay-at-home order, which ends Friday, based on modeling by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health that was pessimistic in certain assumptions. The governor praised that modeling for predicting that the current social distancing would make a difference, but the reality of the outbreak has played out differently in Minnesota in some key ways.

The model predicted 50,000 Minnesotans would die after getting infected with COVID-19. That’s a far, distant cry from the 34 COVID-19 deaths we’ve had in Minnesota. I could’ve done as well throwing darts.

Here’s a question for Gov. Walz and the DFL: how many deaths would’ve been prevented had Gov. Walz’s EO just called for social distancing and avoiding crowds of bigger than 10? Would it have been 34 or more? Inquiring minds want to know.

By morning, if not faster, it’s virtually certain that the MSM will intentionally mischaracterize the Trump administration’s plans for the economy. That’s how they roll. The key to understanding the administration’s plans, look no further than Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s quote.

In a statement to Fox News, Mnuchin said “The president is very much looking at how we can reopen parts of the economy. There are parts of the country, like New York, where obviously this is very, very concerning. There are other parts of the country where it’s not.”

Kudlow added “The president would like to reopen the economy as soon as he can, and we are planning internally,’ adding that the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus is what will determine when the economy can be reopened. ‘I am hoping … we’re only a few weeks away from a reopening. We’ll see.”

In other words, President Trump isn’t planning on opening the economy by opening NYC a week after Easter. The thought that the administration is planning this suggests that there’s some thoughtfulness involved. Larry Kudlow has helped build some pretty dynamic economies in his career. Why shouldn’t we think that he’s capable of rebuilding the economy another time? It’d be one thing if we were asked to trust someone for the first time. That isn’t the case this time. Mr. Kudlow helped build the original Reagan economy that created 20,000,000 jobs.

This is exciting news on the COVID-19 front:

“Everybody who knows me knows that I am very conservative about making projections, but those are the kind of good signs that you look for,” White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a televised briefing on April 6. “That’s the first thing you see when you start to see the turnaround.”

The COVID-19 virus, aka the Chinese Communist Party virus, isn’t to be taken lightly. Still, there’s increasingly positive sign appearing daily. At some point, it’s time to unleash this economy again. It was creating millions of jobs. Wages were rising at 3.1%. Unemployment was at 3.5%. There isn’t much chance it’ll pick up right where it left off. Still, there’s no doubt that it won’t perform well again. This isn’t the Obama administration asleep at the switch this time.

Dr. Fauci answers when we’ll return to normal during this briefing:

Like the title of an old book, “normal is a setting on a dryer.” There’s no question that it’ll take awhile to forget this virus. Some of the dire predictions won’t happen, either.

Still, there’s lots of stuff that we’ll learn from this virus, including whether we should’ve shut down the economy like we did. The easy answer is that we should’ve shut it down but that position is losing popularity due to the fact that we’re realizing that many of our decisions were guided primarily by fear. Fear, aka panic, isn’t the best basis for policy-making.

This op-ed is Tammy Duckworth’s audition for Nancy Pelosi’s role as lead Democrat bitch. Listen to Ms. Duckworth’s vitriol in her opening. That’s where she said “In the time it takes you to read this, dozens more Americans will probably have been diagnosed with COVID-19. By the time you finish it, there’s a good chance another American will have died from the disease.”

It isn’t clear whether she wants the role as the Democrats’ bitch or that of the grim reaper. In the next paragraph, Sen. Duckworth wrote “Many of those diagnoses will probably come in New York; some in California; others ranging from Louisiana to Florida. While we don’t know everything about this virus just yet, what we do know is that it is spreading exponentially. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white, Asian, Latino, you name it — every one of us is in danger. And if we don’t take immediate sweeping action many more Americans could die in a pandemic that’s already been made far worse by a president who has refused to take obvious measures that could be done with the stroke of a pen.”

You can’t be serious with that statement. President Trump has insisted that the FDA eliminate as many regulations as is possible to speed treatments as much as possible. President Trump has had the US Army Corps of Engineers build tent hospitals in NYC — in less than a week. BTW, these aren’t small town hospitals. They’ll hold almost 3,000 patients.

Speaking of treating patients, it took the Navy less than 2 weeks to stock the USNS Comfort and get it to New York Harbor. Originally, it was projected to take a full month to prepare for service.

As for the “pandemic that’s already been made far worse by a president” BS, let’s talk about the praise he’s received from such noted conservatives as Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo. When pressed by Jake Tapper to admit that he’s only being nice so President Trump won’t cut him off, Gov. Newsom refused to take the bait. He kept saying that President Trump helped and that the help was prompt:

The mean-spirited things that Sen. Duckworth said don’t match the kind things that Gov. Newsom said.

Calls are mounting for World Health Director-General Tedros to resign. Thus far, Senators Rick Scott, Martha McSally, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse have called for either investigations resignations. Ambassador Nikki Haley has been critical, too.

Last week, Sen. McSally appeared on Maria Bartiromo’s FBN show. That’s where she said that “she has ‘never trusted a communist’ and that the Chinese government’s ‘cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world… I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down.'” Later, Sen. McSally was quoted in this article as saying “Since the very beginning of this crisis, Tedros has parroted Chinese government talking points, even praising the communist party’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing that the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak.”

She finished with this quote:

“At the direction of Tedros, the WHO provided cover for China for months as it attempted to shirk accountability for its bungled efforts to contain this virus,” McSally added. “This deception cost lives.”

Here’s what Tedros said that got him in trouble:

“China is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak despite the severe social and economic impact that it is having on China,” Tedros said in February.

China has been as transparent as a rock. Their lies have cost lives.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the WHO should consider removing Tedros as its head.
“The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan,” a Cruz spokesperson told the publication. “Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., also told the Free Beacon that “we need to have a serious reckoning with the World Health Organization.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined in on calls for Tedros to face accountability for how his organization has performed during the pandemic. “Once this pandemic is under control, WHO leadership should be held to account. That includes Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has allowed Beijing to use the WHO to mislead the global community,” Rubio said. “At this moment, [Tedros] is either complicit or dangerously incompetent. Neither possibility bodes well for his future at the helm of this critical organization.”

The quote from Tedros is especially damning. It’s indefensible.