Federal turf wars over coronavirus rescues created ‘health and safety issues,’ watchdog concludes - News Summed Up

Federal turf wars over coronavirus rescues created ‘health and safety issues,’ watchdog concludes


AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe health agencies “operated independently of each other without coordinating their efforts at March Air Reserve Base,” the GAO concluded. The resulting confusion meant health officials were still scrambling to make key decisions when hundreds of Wuhan returnees began arriving at March Air Reserve Base, GAO auditors determined. The confusion led to safety failures at the base, the GAO said, with the watchdog faulting health officials for “inconsistent use” of protective equipment when working with the Wuhan evacuees. Defense Department officials at the base also experienced “confusion and frustration” in trying to coordinate with health officials, the GAO said. AdvertisementA former health official said the GAO report was further evidence of the fumbled response to the early coronavirus outbreak.


Source: Washington Post April 19, 2021 15:03 UTC



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