Rep. Tom Reed speaks to leadership role of Congress in pandemic management

In over 100 countries, experience and data surrounding COVID-19 has been accumulating, and techniques are clear for successful control of both infection and death rates. For example, Australia, with a slightly larger population than New York state’s 20 million, has a total COVID-19 death count of 96 since January 1st. Taiwan, with 22 million people and a capital city density comparable to NY city, has a total death count of six since January 1st. Meanwhile, New York state’s death count is 19,000 as of May 5. Tompkins and Schuyler County’s U.S. congressman Tom Reed speaks to how congress can use this emerging knowledge to improve pandemic management in the U.S. WRFI News Contributor Fred Balfour has the story.