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What Is the Trump Administration’s Thinking on the New Coronavirus?

Dan Drezner shares his take on the U.S.' strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic, via his Washington Post column.

On Tuesday, it would be safe to say that the Trump administration suffered some cognitive dissonance in its approach to the new coronavirus, the pathogen that causes covid-19.

It would have been reasonable to expect the administration to focus a little more intently on preparedness for a potential pandemic. By Monday, it was clear new clusters of SARS-CoV-2-caused pneumonia were breaking out in unexpected places. The World Health Organization reporting suggested the virus would continue to spread. Oh, and after weeks of not reacting, equity markets began to respond. The possible effects of covid-19 on global supply chains caused an adverse stock market reaction.

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