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A top advisor to former President Donald Trump urged his pandemic response team in February 2020 to respond swiftly to the spread of COVID-19, but told Trump that his recommendations had been largely ignored.

Then-assistant to the president Peter Navarro wrote an impassioned memo to Trump on March 1, 2020, recommending that the federal government boost the supply of protective gear for healthcare workers, rapidly develop diagnostic tests and vaccines, and bring manufacturing back to the United States. Navarro said he had urged the White House Coronavirus Task Force to move in “Trump time” to stay ahead of the virus, but said movement had been too slow.

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