Elanah Uretsky, Associate Professor of International and Global Studies, Brandeis UniversityI live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China.People in China are able to move around freely right now. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st centuryChina beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with
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