Feb. 11 (UPI) — A new study published on Thursday faults former President Donald Trump for failing to properly address the COVID-19 crisis in the United States and says his response to the pandemic was followed by thousands of deaths that were likely preventable.
The 49-page analysis from the Lancet Commission on public policy and health in the Trump era says the former president’s response was followed by “tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths,” and the pandemic exposed decades of health inequity driven by racial disparities in the United States.
The Lancet impaneled the commission after Trump took office in 2017 to follow the administration’s health policies. The panel says it offers the “first comprehensive assessment of detrimental legislation and executive actions during Trump’s presidency with devastating effects on every aspect of health in the [United States].”
According to the study, U.S. COVID-19 deaths have been 40% higher than they have been in other industrialized…
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