The Folly of ‘America First’ in the Race for Biodata Amid a Pandemic
In a pandemic, biodata about a population’s genome is an essential asset for epidemiology, as well as for the development of vaccines and treatments. And for authoritarian states like China and Russia, the accuracy of epidemiological assessments has a special significance in shaping a strategic political response to the crisis—at a time when America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has exposed its shocking lack of preparedness for a public health emergency. The US president is a fan neither of science, nor of the “administrative state.” His administration is instead committed to “America First” politics.
The New York Review of Books