Totally Under Control
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An in-depth look at how the United States government handled the response to the #COVID19 outbreak during the early months of the pandemic.

On January 20th, 2020 the US and South Korea both discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, 9 months later, the novel #Coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 200,000 Americans and caused staggering economic damage, while in South Korea, there were no significant lockdowns and, in an urbanized population of 51 million, only 344 lives have been lost. Where did we go wrong? As the presidential election nears, Americans are increasingly enraged by a lack of clear leadership, endemic political corruption and left to wonder how did the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world manage to fail so thoroughly in its response to a global pandemic?

Academy Award-winning filmmaker #AlexGibney, directing with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, interrogates this question and its devastating implications in Totally Under Control. With damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership.

It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by this pandemic, but Totally Under Control will stand as the definitive account of the Trump administration’s incompetence, corruption and denial in the face of this global pandemic.

‘Totally Under Control’ Takes Aim At Botched COVID Response Before Election - YouTube

Co-director Alex Gibney discusses his investigative documentary “Totally Under Control,” which takes aim at the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

A new documentary shows how a top CDC official who warned Americans about the coronavirus promptly vanished from public view
  • In February, the CDC's Nancy Messonnier warned that the coronavirus could lead to a "disruption to everyday life."
  • That contributed to the US stock market's downturn, infuriating President Trump, who had not signed off on the messaging.
  • A new documentary about the US government's coronavirus response, called "Totally Under Control," reveals new details about Messonnier's removal from public view.
  • The film is now streaming on Hulu.

The 9 biggest takeaways from 'Totally Under Control,' a new documentary filmed in secret about the Trump administration's coronavirus response
  • "Totally Under Control," a documentary about the US government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, is now streaming on Hulu.
  • It was filmed mostly in secret over five months and blasts the Trump administration for failing to contain the pandemic.
  • Here are nine key takeaways from the film.
  • In 2019, the government simulated a pandemic with 'eerie similarities' to the coronavirus
  • The Trump administration ignored advice about how to deal with a pandemic
  • The US's first coronavirus tests were faulty, and the CDC didn't address the issue for 3 weeks
  • The White House's early testing strategy 'was designed to miss community transmission'
  • Trump officials sold most of the US's protective masks to China in February
  • Mike Pence's coronavirus task force had more than twice as many industry reps and politicians as scientists
  • Jared Kushner's PPE task force consisted largely of unpaid 20-something volunteers working 7 days a week
  • Kushner told California Gov. Gavin Newsom to publicly thank Trump in order to get testing supplies
  • State and federal governments bid against one another, eBay-style, for ventilators and PPE