You often hear government officials say “there’s no playbook for dealing with this.”
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) March 26, 2020
And when you follow the link to Politico, you learn about it in detail:
Trump team failed to follow NSC’s pandemic playbook
The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities – which were then ignored by the administration.
The Trump administration, state officials and even individual hospital workers are now racing against each other to get the necessary masks, gloves and other safety equipment to fight coronavirus — a scramble that hospitals and doctors say has come too late and left them at risk. But according to a previously unrevealed White House playbook, the government should’ve begun a federal-wide effort to procure that personal protective equipment at least two months ago.
“Is there sufficient personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who are providing medical care?” the playbook instructs its readers, as one early decision that officials should address when facing a potential pandemic. “If YES: What are the triggers to signal exhaustion of supplies? Are additional supplies available? If NO: Should the Strategic National Stockpile release PPE to states?”
A Trump NSC official said, “We are aware of the document, although it’s quite dated and has been superseded by strategic and operational biodefense policies published since.”
“Like, our Very Stable Jenius knows best,” the official didn’t add, sweating, coughing, and keeling over. “Trust him…..”