A clinician is stepping down from managing the most pressing medical needs of the nation’s most populous city because the Democrats failed to act sooner on the deadly Asian disease.
Oxiris Barbot is resigning as New York City health commissioner because Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio responded late to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
Before departing Barbot strongly criticized the Democrat for repeatedly failing to take tough action against the pandemic in early 2020.
“I leave my post with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime the health department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” she said in her resignation email according to Fox News.
The qualified doctor believes the great wealth of medical talent and resources should have helped the Big Apple quickly contain the virus instead of becoming a hotspot early on.
“Our experts are world-renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance, and response work,” she said. “The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background.”
The mayor has already been caught on camera repeatedly failing to respond effectively to the impact of the virus. In four video clips from earlier in the year the mayor can be heard telling the general public not to worry about the CCP Virus and continue coming into contact with millions of fellow New Yorkers.
“It is important to just go about your lives, continue living as you have,” de Blasio said on Jan. 24 according to a video uploaded to Twitter.
“New Yorkers should go about our lives, continue doing what we do,” he said on Feb. 1.
The mayor two weeks later invited the general public to visit and even have a meal at the Chinatown precincts in Manhattan and Queens.
“This should not stop you from going about your lives, [and] should not stop you from going to Chinatown, and going out to eat,” he said.
Even after President Donald Trump announced stricter disease prevention measures, de Blasio could again be seen using Twitter to tell New Yorkers to continue their lives as usual and join him in watching a March 5 screening of “The Traitor” at Lincoln Center.
The mayor’s office confirmed it had already received the notice of resignation and Dave Choksi would be appointed as Barbot’s replacement.
The outgoing commissioner was recently forced to apologize to the New York Police Department (NYPD) for announcing she did not “give two rats [expletive]’ about protecting law enforcement officers from being infected.
“In mid-March, I was asked to provide the NYPD with a half-million N-95 masks, while masks and other personal protective equipment were in terribly short supply … this regrettably led to an argument in which words were exchanged between a police official and myself,” Barbot said according to Fox News.
“I apologized to that police official then and today, I apologize to the NYPD for leaving any impression whatsoever that I do not have utmost respect for our police department, which plays a critical role on the frontlines each and every day to keep our city safe.”