“The long-term failure by governments and institutions to prepare for an infectious disease outbreak cannot be blamed on a lack of warning or an absence of concrete policy options,” write Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker in a new essay. “The public health community has for years known with certainty that another major pandemic was on the way, and then another one after that. … This pandemic is probably not ‘the Big One” they warn. “Terrible as it is, COVID-19 should serve as a warning of how much worse a pandemic could be—and spur the necessary action to contain an outbreak before it is again too late.”
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