Op-ed in the New York Times by Bret Stephens.
In this pandemic, she [Katie Wilson, a deputy under secretary at the Department of Agriculture in the Obama administration, is the executive director of the Urban School Food Alliance] has a message for government bureaucrats in Washington and every state capital: Stop getting in the way.
To me, the case for substantial reform of both the CDC and the FDA is simply overwhelming. And it has been for decades. Here is a link to Sam Peltzman's pathbreaking work on the costs of excessive FDA regulation.
See also the following:
And let's not forget the CDC. To me the most aggravating current flaw in the CDC is the absurd mission creep: "The CDC was Fighting Racism and Obesity Instead of Stopping Epidemics". See also "How the CDC and the FDA Wrecked the Economy".
But enough crankiness and negativity. What are some constructive lessons?
Finally, a warning we should heed from Theodore Dalrymple: "Pandemics Are the Health of the State".