The CDC and FDA Have Failed on Coronavirus

Economist Alex Tabarrok on the problems with the U.S. government's response to COVID-19.


The U.S. government's response to the coronavirus has been nothing less than catastrophic, with weak, delayed, and incompetent actions by its two main public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Alex Tabarrok, a professor of economics at George Mason University and one of the co-founders of the popular blog and online university Marginal Revolution, is an outspoken critic of the government's actions, including the FDA's refusal to allow for home testing of the coronavirus. Reason spoke with him about official responses to past pandemics, which countries are doing things right, and how the government can get a better handle on stopping the spread of this novel coronavirus.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

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  1. People need to relax. This hysteria is way worse than the virus.

    Old people quarantine themselves, sick people stay home and get better, healthy people go back to work.

    Same as every Flu/Cold season except old people dont lean on a Flu vaccine for this one.

    1. Belligerently ignorant, backward, and bigoted is no way to go through life, son.

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    2. healthy people go back to work.

      How do we know who’s well?

      A new infection has no symptoms for 14 days … then, many have no symptoms or very mild ones … and YOU would allow them to infect 2 others, on average, and/or kill them.

      We’ve known this for months, most of us on the planet.

  2. No no no. To start with the assumption that the US government is incompetent (well-proven just by the fact of being a government), and then to pretend that the Chinese government had real reasons for locking down the entire country and doing trillions of damage to their economy … just no, no, no. If the Chinese can be damn fools, so can every other government.

  3. The CDC and FDA Have Failed on Coronavirus

    This assumes their intent is to stop the virus, rather than exercise and expand their powers.

    1. Ya NAILED it, Unicorn! But I haz a Sad! Very sad!

      (And they told me that Government Almighty LOVED me SOO Much!!!)

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  5. Remember, the President issued his 15-day lockdown on …. MARCH SIXTEENTH … ten freaking days ago … well over a month too late. Do the math.

    Each covid carrier infects over 2 more, on average.
    2 becomes 4 … 4 becomes 8 … 8 becomes 16 … etc … accelerating, for well over a month

    Safe to say the President’s inaction allowed at least 2/3 of all current infections AND DEATHS … while he was saying … “it’s a Democrat hoax” .. “will just go away magically” … and dozens of other sneers and ridicule.

    But, NOW he says he always knew it is a pandemic.
    Just as he knows spinning turbines cause cancer,

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  7. BTW: Erik Townsend has done a number podcast shows on the Coronavirus under the “Hot Topics” section of the Macrovoices Podcast. Here is a link to them…..just look for Covid-19 or Coronavirus:

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