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The FDA and CDC’s response to the coronavirus is a ‘failure of historical relationships’

The U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus has been nothing short of catastrophic, including weak, delayed and incompetent actions by the two major public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Alex Tabarrok, an economics professor at George Mason University and one of the founders of the popular blog and online university Marginal revolution, is an outspoken critic of the actions of the government, including the FDA’s refusal to allow home investigations of the coronavirus. Reason spoke to him about official responses to past pandemics, which countries are doing well and how the government can better stop the spread of this new coronavirus.

Interview by Nick Gillespie. Edited by John Osterhoudt.

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