Coronavirus in Texas: Scholars at Texas A&M warned years ago that U.S. was not prepared for the next pandemic

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Thousands of people waited in line Tuesday at Waco ISD Stadium to receive disaster relief food boxes from the Central Texas Food Bank. Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Thursday’s biggest developments:

  • State expected to release updated information about coronavirus cases
  • Texas A&M scholars warned years ago that U.S. was not prepared for the next pandemic

Texas A&M scholars warned years ago that U.S. was not prepared for the next pandemic

[5 a.m.] Three Texas A&M University pandemic scholars warned years ago that the United States was not ready for the next pandemic, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“It is not a matter of if, but when, the next disease will sweep through the world with deadly and costly consequences,” Christine Blackburn, Andrew Natsios and Gerald Parker wrote in an article in 2018 published on an academic website called The Conversation.

The article pointed to vulnerabilities in global supply chains — and warned of a possible shortage of N95 masks if an epidemic hit a certain spot in Asia.

“This interconnectedness of the global economy and the expansiveness of medical supply chains means that a disruption anywhere along the line could spell disaster worldwide,” the article said.