Biden’s Pandemic Strategy is still Trump’s Pandemic Strategy.

A graphic of Trump’s face on the left and Biden’s face on the right with a background of coronavirus.
Image used in a November 2020 USA Today article comparing candidate’s pandemic plans titled “Comparing Trump’s and Biden’s plans to end the COVID-19 pandemic

As we begin Year Two of the pandemic, why are we continuing to use a failed pandemic strategy when we know it doesn’t work?

Strategic choices for responding to covid-19 and other pandemics. These choices can be divided according to goal: no community transmission (exclusion and elimination), controlled transmission (suppression and mitigation), or uncontrolled transmission. Some jurisdictions pursuing elimination describe this goal as containment. Although the framework divides approaches into five strategies, they exist on a continuum in and between categories. Countries may also change their strategic direction bas
Figure 1 from Baker et al. 2020 BMJ 2020;371:m4907

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