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  • Could any other US president have done better with the pandemic?
    As many of you may know, I’m active on Quora. I frequently answer questions about the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s not because I’m a virologist or a doctor. It’s because I can read and understand the medical literature and can explain it to others. There are many questions that come up related to a central theme:…
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