What Last Year’s Government Simulation Predicted About Today’s Pandemic
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Nobody knew there’d be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this before.
CHANG: Actually, not quite. You see, people inside the federal government predicted last year that the U.S. would be underfunded, underprepared and too disorganized to deal with a global pandemic. They had conducted a simulation of a flu pandemic and discovered a whole host of problems, which have now been reported for the first time by The New York Times. One of the reporters on that story is national security correspondent David Sanger.
DAVID SANGER: Good to be with you, Ailsa.
CHANG: So this exercise, a simulation that you guys reported on, it was codenamed Crimson Contagion. Could you just briefly explain what it was?