How America’s Pandemic Failures Threaten Its International Standing

President Donald Trump speaks during an “Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit” at the White House, Washington, Dec. 8, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Donald Trump speaks during an “Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit” at the White House, Washington, Dec. 8, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
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Nothing could be more normal than to regard the ceaseless spread of COVID-19 across the United States as a public health crisis. Indeed, as many commentators have called it, this pandemic is the preeminent public health crisis of the past century. As almost everyone knows by now, not since the 1918 flu pandemic have the lives and livelihoods of so many Americans—or people elsewhere, for that matter—been so gravely threatened by the uncontrolled spread of a single infectious disease. With the availability of new vaccines, however, this crisis is shifting into a new and completely different phase. The public health […]

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