‘Dangerously Incompetent’: US Medical Journal Castigates Trump Administration Over COVID-19 Response
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A scathing editorial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) claims the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has tested the current US administration and that “our leaders have failed that test.”
“Why has the United States handled this pandemic so badly?” asks the editorial, signed by 35 editors, 34 of whom are American citizens, according to the New York Times.
Along with being the oldest continuously published medical journal, the NEJM is also regarded as one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical publications.
The editorial does not mention US President Donald Trump by name, but notes that “our leaders” in the US have “taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”
“It should be clear that we are not a political organization,” said Dr. Eric Rubin, the editor-in-chief of the NEJM, to the Times. “But pretty much every week in our editorial meeting there would be some new outrage.”
At the same time, the journal did not announce an explicit endorsement for Democratic presidential nominee and former US Vice President Joe Biden.
The publication also directly spoke of the US president and his approach to science.
“The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the US and its people – because he rejects evidence and science,” the magazine’s editors wrote.
Trump’s opposition to science has been on full display since he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday.
“Now I’m better, and maybe I’m immune,” he said, speaking of his recent diagnosis of COVID-19 in a video published via his personal Twitter account. Upon his return to the White House, he told Americans not to let the virus “dominate” them, adding, “Don’t be afraid of it.”