In Singapore, the prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong reminded the public about the 2003 SARS outbreak and said he planned to overreact to the coronavirus.

“We have built up our institutions, our plans, our facilities, our stockpiles, our people, our training,” he said on Jan. 31. “Because we knew that one day something like that would happen again.”

Decisions and blunders made months ago have caused testing disparities worldwide. The science, it turns out, was the easy part.

Well reported on NYT #📖