Leading Medical Journal Calls For End To Trump Administration
In a rare political statement from a scientific journal, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial on Wednesday criticizing the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and urging Americans to put President Donald Trump out of office next month to choose.
The November elections will have lifelong consequences for people across the country, regardless of party orientation, the magazine's editors said.
"Sensible people will certainly not agree on the many political positions of the candidates," wrote the magazine's editors. “But the truth is neither liberal nor conservative. When it comes to responding to the greatest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have shown that they are dangerously incompetent. We shouldn't favor them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs. "
This marks the first time in the magazine's 208-year history that the editors have ever published an editorial on elections, said Editor-in-Chief Dr. Eric Rubin to CNN. The editorial was signed jointly by each editor, which has only happened four times recently, added Rubin.
The United States has "failed every step", leaving more than 500 coronavirus-related deaths per million people - a shocking statistic compared to China's reported 3 deaths per million, the editors wrote.
It's easy to see the way the Trump administration went wrong, they said:
The United States has adopted quarantine and isolation measures late and inconsistently, often with no effort to enforce, after the disease spread significantly in many communities. Our social distancing rules in many places were flawed at best, and restrictions were relaxed long before adequate disease control was achieved. And in much of the country, people just don't wear masks, largely because our leaders have directly stated that masks are policy tools rather than effective infection control measures.
Led by Trump, who dismissed the coronavirus as a joke and refused to put in place basic security measures, the federal agencies needed to control the outbreak have been eroded.
The editorial specifically mentions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health:
The federal government has largely left disease control to the federal states. The governors' responses varied, not so much by party as by jurisdiction. Regardless of their skill level, however, the governors do not have the tools Washington controls. Instead of using these tools, the federal government has undermined them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world's leading disease control organization, has been gutted and suffered dramatic testing and policy failures. The National Institutes of Health have played a key role in vaccine development, but have been excluded from major government decisions.
Long-standing Scientific American magazine also broke tradition last month and endorsed Trump's Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
"Scientific American has never approved a presidential nominee in its 175-year history," wrote the magazine's editors. “This year we are forced to. We don't do this lightly. "
You can read the full editorial of the New England Journal of Medicine here.
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