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Countries such as Germany and Taiwan, where public health systems and the experts staffing them held uncontested sway over a consensual regime of interventions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic — a health sovereignty of sorts — have performed better than others.

Chaos reigned in the US during the Trump administration, the mighty Centre for Disease Control (CDC) egregiously sidelined and the science of pandemic response perversely questioned at the highest levels of government. The best news of our time is that the Biden administration has begun the speedy reversal of a  cumulative recklessness the world has rarely experienced before...

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