America Squandered its Advantages

The US has just 4% of the world’s population but an estimated quarter of its confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.
 
Despite the country’s considerable advantages, its response was built on woefully unstable foundations, Ed Yong reports.

“Shredded” social safety nets, a deficit of expertise in the Trump administration, and chronic underfunding of public health are just a few elements that conspired to form a shambolic response.  
 
It didn’t have to be this way.
 
“I’ve learned that almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable,” Yong reports.
 
The Atlantic

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