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U.S. 'Healthcare System Was Not Ready' For COVID-19, Says A Former CDC Official

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As of May 14, there are more than 1.3 million known cases and more than 83,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response evaluated the U.S. response to an pandemic he said was only a matter of time.

Dr. Ali Khan highlighted how public health experts need to be involved in the country's planning ahead for national emergencies and not brought after they have occurred.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.