Why the United States was so slow to react to the coronavirus outbreak

President Trump has faced broad criticism for his response to the coronavirus outbreak – offering confusing advice at times – and now in response has implemented a travel ban and declared a national emergency.

Yet the blame is not just his: the CDC has come under fire for its testing kits with a member of the White House coronavirus taskforce admitting that the system is “failing”.

In this video, we look at the background to all this – the lack of investment in the CDC for years – and how a perfect storm of problems led to a slow response from the world’s largest economy to its first major virus outbreak in a century.


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