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Congressional Budget Responses to the Pandemic: Fund Health Care, Not Warfare

Dr. Cornelia van der Ziel, Greater Boston PSR board member | American Journal of Public Health

In 1943 the government diverted tens of billions of dollars from civilian programs to the project to build the atomic bomb. What the COVID-19 pandemic requires is the reverse: the diversion of a substantial chunk of the more than $700 billion appropriated for the Pentagon’s military budget to the biomedical, public health programs desperately needed to limit the current coronavirus outbreak and prevent future pandemics.

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