When the coronavirus pandemic struck the United States, the country demonstrated significant shortfalls in preparedness and response. Diagnostic testing came late and was inadequate. Desperate for ventilators and personal protective equipment, states were thrust into a chaotic competition over the limited supplies. The network of federal, state, and local officials who had trained together on how to respond to a pandemic was torn as the Trump administration created the Coronavirus Task Force. And to top it off, the federal government had failed for decades to develop an efficient and well-resourced biodefense system to monitor and respond to biological threats like a pandemic virus. Read this free-access article in the Bulletin magazine until October 1, 2020.
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