(FeaturedNews.com) – In March of 2020, the United States received a wake-up call from the COVID-19 pandemic. It taught us what federal officials have been saying for years: the US isn’t prepared for the possibility of a biological attack. In early 2020, the country watched as healthcare workers suffered without appropriate gear while supply chains went haywire. Now, some ex-officials warn that the government still hasn’t learned the harsh lessons of the past.
The United States is not prepared for the possibility of a biological or chemical warfare strike, according to several former federal officials, pointing to the lack of preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Kadlec, a former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response who served under the Trump administration’s HHS, told Axios there simply aren’t enough supplies and measures in place for worst-case scenarios.
The law technically requires the HHS to create years worth of budgets for medical stockpiling countermeasures. However, Congress has yet to fully fund the agency, preventing it from meeting the requirement.
Kadlec showed particular concern for Russia, a state known to have biological and chemical weapons programs, and its future intentions. While there appears to be no threat of an immediate biological attack, he feels you simply “can’t predict that.”
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said he believes biological attacks are the future of the “threats we face in national security.” Another former Trump administration HHS official also told Axios that the US is “absolutely not close” to meeting the preparedness requirements for a major catastrophe.
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