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Featured Story Preparing for the Next Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States in early 2020, the early hope that the new coronavirus would be no more transmissible than seasonal influenza was quickly dashed as infections spread like wildfire and death rates soared.

“We thought we were prepared as a country to fight a pandemic,” says Carlos del Rio, MD, distinguished professor of medicine and professor of global health and epidemiology. “Once the rubber hit the road, it became apparent we were not.”

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