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Donald Cohen, executive director of In the Public Interest, a national nonprofit that studies public goods and services, said:

“The Trump administration refusing to use the World Health Organization’s (WHO) test and instead outsourcing to two corporations amounts to privatization that is costing the country precious time.”

“We need to take the word ‘public’ in ‘public health crisis’ seriously. The private market can’t create and protect the public goods we all rely on—individually and as a nation. It isn’t providing adequate health care and testing. It isn’t providing paid sick leave to many workers.”

“If coronavirus is exposing anything, it’s that we’re all in this together. Protecting the public health of all us requires protecting the health of each of us, without exception.”