COVID won't be last pathogen to threaten our national security. We need to prepare better.

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COVID won't be last pathogen to threaten our national security. We need to prepare better.

One year ago, the novel coronavirus upended our lives. Before we were able to reliably track the virus, the pandemic smashed through hospitals in W

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One year ago, the novel coronavirus upended our lives. Before we were able to reliably track the virus, the pandemic smashed through hospitals in Wuhan, Lombardy and New York City, leaving families grieving and healthcare workers devastated. The staggering intensity of those early days should haunt us all.

In an eerie deja vu, we are now facing several new SARS-CoV2 variants of concern that have overwhelmed hospitals in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil. As in spring 2020, we are again caught on our back foot, with little infrastructure in place to catch or characterize these new strains. These variants will not be the last to emerge, just as the novel coronavirus will not be the last pathogen to threaten the national security of the United States.

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