I said this before. The US was not ready for the pandemic that experts told us was just a matter of time. It was not ready because there is no *profit* in being ready for a pandemic. To be ready we needed => a huge stock pile of masks, massive excess coacity in healthcare facilities, separate hospitals for infectious patients, a plan, willingness to do whatever is necessary, but especilly the conviction that only the Fed. Gov. can fight and win against a pandemic, and that there is no time for certainty, you must ACT NOW.
. . . The Nei-liberal econ. mind set blocked all those things in the name of efficiency, and PROFIT at all costs.