Why a 1900-era McKinley-Taft “MedCenter” makes sense today (Part VIII)

by Bobby Reyes

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This column has urged President Biden to follow in the footsteps of President McKinley and then-Governor General Taft. Mr. Biden can do a 21st-century version of the first American Medical Center (“MedCenter”). And build them in some 50-countries, starting with “reinventing” its prototype, successfully carried out in the Philippines in the 1900s.

In Part VI of this series, I posed a rhetorical question: “Why go for 50 country locations for the ‘MedCenters’?” If readers missed Part VI or they want to reread it, here is the link to it.

Because both President McKinley and then-Governor General Taft had the vision of more pandemics to come, which happened in less than two decades – the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1922. Both were astute at predicting (even unwittingly, even if some may argue) since viruses mutate, it might be best to have a “MedCenter” in the City of Manila with an R&D facility that could study how the virus and pathogens in the Philippines mutate. If discovered in the American R&D Center in Manila, viral therapeutic medicines and vaccines would protect the Filipino people and Americans. At that time, tens of thousands of American troops, civil servants, diplomats, teachers, business people, and even the American Jesuits (sent to replace the Spanish Jesuit missionaries) in the archipelago.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the viruses have mutated. There are now three variants causing more havoc in Great Britain, Brazil, and South Africa. And at least 33 American states have now experienced the more-contagious British strain.

The proposed 50 “MedCenters” can produce more-affordable vaccines and medicines; they can remedy, too, the lack of cold-storage infrastructure and transport needs in the Third World, especially in the poorest nations.

“Distributing the said two vaccines (in two doses spaced in three weeks) pose already logistical problems in the US. How much more in exporting them to some 100 financially-distressed countries, many of which lack cold-storage sites and refrigerated trucks?”

One particular aspect of the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna laboratories is that they require more-than mere refrigeration. The vaccines need freezers for storage at the desired freezing temperature. And more often than not, the supply of electricity in the Third World is disrupted by brownouts due to a lack of state-of-the-art power-generating equipment and antiquated distribution systems.

Fifty “MedCenters” can produce cheaper vaccines and medicines; also mitigate the absence of cold-storage infrastructure and transport needs in the Third World.

Distributing the said two vaccines (in two doses spaced in three weeks) pose already logistical problems in the US. How much more in exporting them to some 100 financially-distressed countries, many of which lack cold-storage sites and refrigerated trucks? Letting the same vaccines and therapeutic medicines produced (as licensed by Pfizer and Moderna, and other firms) in and distributed from 50 countries will dramatically reduce the logistical nightmares.

Many medical experts opine that coronaviruses will emulate the flu viruses, and vaccines are needed for both disorders every year. Medical laboratories will have to produce vaccines annually tailored for the variants caused by the viruses’ mutations — as determined by the scientists’ educated guesses.

” … President Biden should urge the United Nations to convene not only the Security Council but also its General Assembly to discuss the need for the 50-or-more “MedCenters fully.”

I quoted in Part V of this series Nicole Spector of the Gobankingrates.com. She reported that “(now-President) Biden has a detailed plan to handle the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 and its economic repercussions, while also taking action to prevent another deadly pandemic in the future. As part of his plan to advance global health security, (Mr.) Biden has said that his administration will ensure public health systems ‘remain strong and ready to prevent, detect, and respond to pandemic threats whether caused by natural causes and climate change, bioterrorism, or laboratory accidents,’ according to his website.”

Ergo, this column respectfully suggests that President Biden should urge the United Nations to convene not only the Security Council but also its General Assembly to discuss the need for the 50-or-more “MedCenters fully.” Perhaps they will all agree to fund them as part of a Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine’s “global health security” (emphasis supplied) system — with the full assistance of the World Health Organization, the healthcare authorities of all the nations, and the developed countries.

To read Part V of this series, please go to this link.

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