If you've ever wondered how the U.S. could have failed so completely in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, wonder no more.
This isn't another story about Trump and his fake news politics, although there is some of that. No, this is the story of how a handful of brilliant scientists, doctors and public servants saw the light at the end of the tunnel and recognized it for what it was - a massive threat to public health. This is the story of how this small group of people were denied data and found it anyway, were denied tools and resources and built them from nothing, and were denied access to the positions and power they needed to save lives, and had no recourse. This is also the story of how the CDC, an American organization that should have been on top of this issue from the first rumours, failed to protect the American public time and time again in an almost willful display of cowardice and negligence. Finally, this is the story of how over 600,000 Americans have lost their lives to date because the country has no coordinated public health system, and because it's politicians and leaders have no moral compass.