The coronavirus has killed nearly 800,000 and sickened more than 22 million around the world. The response has wrecked economies and altered the fabric of daily life. Underlying it all was a failure that stretched back decades. Most everyone knew such an outcome was possible. And yet no one was prepared.
Governments, public-health officials, companies and citizens, even those who predicted this outcome, stumbled into 2020 with little understanding of what was happening, armed with plans to tackle it that were deficient. In this series, The Wall Street Journal will examine the causes of the catastrophe and the bungled attempts by governments and other officials to remedy their errors.
The Wall Street Journal is examining the causes of the Covid-19 catastrophe and the bungled response that followed. Get alerts for each new installment, along with our daily coronavirus briefing.Subscribe