U.S. still not ready for next pandemic: The Atlantic

U.S. still not ready for next pandemic: The Atlantic
# 11 February 2022 08:10 (UTC +04:00)

Mishandling of the pandemic has been a bipartisan failure as the United States reached the grim milestone of 900,000 COVID-19 deaths early this month, and America still isn't ready for the next pandemic, APA reports citing The Atlantic magazine.

The fact that the United States has logged more than 900,000 COVID-19 deaths "is somehow both unimaginable and unsurprising," said the magazine in an article published on Monday.

Both the Donald Trump and Joe Biden administrations failed to adequately protect vulnerable people, it added.

Both wrongly assumed that biomedical solutions like vaccines could end the pandemic alone, without addressing the deep-seated social vulnerabilities that make the United States so weak against a fast-spreading virus, the article said.

Every recent U.S. administration, from Barack Obama to Joe Biden, has faced a new or reemerging infectious threat, such as swine flu, Ebola, MERS, Zika, and COVID-19.

"Biden is still dealing with that (COVID-19), and might well have something else before his term is over, given the rate at which these threats arise," the article said, noting that "America wasn't ready in 2020. We still aren't ready."

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