Update on May 9th: This actions has been reviewed by a court and it may recommend reinstating Dr. Bright.
While it is not the intent of this posting to take a political position on a current event, the Diva thinks it is worth sharing some observations of a recent author published here.
Readers may recall the recent review of an important new book from the National Academy of Sciences titled Exploring Lessons Learned from a Century of Outbreaks – Readiness for 2030 : Proceedings of a Workshop (2019) , reviewed by Don Watson
Mr. Watson called to my attention the fact that in the review he had highlighted the work of Dr. Rick Bright, (now former) director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) for the extensive briefing on the impact of infectious disease outbreaks across the world. Bright reviews the essential elements of effective pandemic preparedness and response: early detection, vaccination, behavioral countermeasures, and gaps in host-based treatment in which early detection. Watson wrote in the review that, [Bright] “…makes the point familiar to emergency managers experienced in natural disasters that, ‘a vaccine intervention alone would only slightly—and insufficiently—shift the epidemic curve. The combined effects of multiple interventions are what effectively suppress the epidemic curve.’”
In Watson’s opinion “Every elected official, health planner and pandemic responder, should read the publication. The last sentence especially should resonate across county and world. “