The shortage of lifesaving medical equipment last year was a searing example of the government’s failed coronavirus response. As health workers resorted to wearing trash bags, one Maryland company profited by selling anthrax vaccines to the country’s emergency reserve.
The C.D.C. and leading experts have concluded, using different scientific methods, that as many as 90 percent of Americans are still vulnerable to infection.
A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.
The escalating crisis in Texas shows how the chronic underfunding of public health has put America on track for the worst coronavirus response in the developed world.
America’s decades-long relationship with the organization has been instrumental in improving health around the world.
It can’t do this alone.
As the numbers show, the timing of social distancing can have an enormous impact on death tolls.
As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage.
New York is more crowded than any large city in the country. That helps explain why it is the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak.
The epidemic is now bigger in Europe, where governments aren’t used to giving harsh orders, and citizens aren’t used to following them.