Larry Brilliant, a purported “leading epidemiologist and pandemic expert with unique experience and expertise,” was asked by John Brockman, Editor, and the Edge.org publisher to talk about COVID-19 and what was in store for us.
In his comments, Brilliant mentioned that “I was on a call yesterday morning with an informal group of senior WHO advisors.”
Whoa, stop right here. WHO? Isn’t that the organization, controlled by China, who through their policies and advice, caused the virus to spread worldwide? Didn’t they oppose restrictions on travel from and to China?
The United States is the WHO’s largest single donor, and the State Department had previously planned to provide the agency $893 million in the current two-year funding period. Trump said the United States contributes roughly $400 to $500 million per year to WHO, while China offers only about $40 million. The money saved will go to areas that “most need it,” Trump asserted. Trump is correct.
Brilliant talks about how other countries don’t understand the United State’s response to the virus, and they “basically say, what the fuck is wrong with you people? They don’t understand. They don’t understand how we could have blown it as badly as we have. And we have indeed blown it really badly.” He implicitly attaches blame to Trump.
Of course, Brilliant has no solutions to the problem; rather, he cites “peer-reviewed articles” for the proposition that help is on the way; for example, he says that MIT keeps track of all the peer-reviewed articles on COVID. It’s exceeded 60,000-80,000 articles, and many of them are really good. Lots of them are really good, maybe not all of them.
He opines that “146 vaccines are in some form of trial, and we have three that have passed the milestone of being put into the arms of tens of thousands of people with relatively minor side effects.
Yeah. We know about the three new vaccines, and it was Trump who deserves credit for this, not the WHO or the 80,000 articles talking about the subject.
“None of the vaccines that we currently have will be perfect, but like everything in science, we will grow, increase, improve iteratively, and we will get there,” Brilliant solemnly declares.
I feel that nothing will ever be perfect for this guy, although Trump’s apparent loss may be very close to a perfect day for him.
We have nothing bad to say about Mr. Brilliant or his views and feelings. We object to his blaming President Trump for his handling of the virus epidemic; like many scientists, his negative perspectives are clouded by his subscription to liberal views and adversity towards nationalism, a concept of American pride endorsed by roughly 50 million Americans. Yet, he adds little to how the President mishandled the problem.