It’s not just about the pandemic. How the new administration handles Covid-19 will be a test of every one of its policies—and its values.
On Day Zero of the presidential administration of Joe Biden, the single priority of the federal government must be Covid-19. Without torquing the numbers of deaths and infections downward, no other policy—economic improvement, immigration reform, even a serious approach to stopping climate change—can happen. And that sentence works in reverse too; dealing with Covid-19 is dealing with all that other stuff.
Like any big machine, the federal government’s public health system takes time and energy to come up to speed. It hasn’t functioned
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