Abstract: Throughout history, pandemics have posed signiﬁcant challenges to governments. Examination of the ways that governments have responded to pandemics can contribute to the U.S. government’s ability to react in the future. We utilize past cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and multiple forms of inﬂuenza to identify speciﬁc challenges governments have faced. Based on that knowledge, we discuss the major issues that the United States will have to address in the event of a future pandemic.
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