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Congress may help avert another pandemic tragedy this week.

Maxmen: Coronavirus cost more than 1 million lives, left millions disabled by extreme fatigue, neurological issues. She says U.S. missed opportunity to slow transmission, prevent hospital overflows and avoid long-term school closures. Maxmen: $1.7 trillion budget deal needs to make it across the finish line. Covid was caused by inadequate contact tracing and outreach in the United States, authors say. Authors: CDC funding for public health preparedness and response programs has shrunk by half in a decade. Sens. Patty Murray and Richard Burr’s Prevent Pandemics Act must be included in budget bill.