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Europe said it was pandemic-ready. Pride was its downfall

New York Times
By: David D. Kirkpatrick, Matt Apuzzo and Selam Gebrekidan

The coronavirus exposed European countries' misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.

Professor Chris Whitty, Britain's chief medical adviser, stood before an auditorium in a London museum two years ago cataloguing