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When the country gets sick, some people get rich

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When people are in need, other people rise to take care of them. But then there are the people who rise to take care of themselves in a time of need, like the people who made a buck off the country getting sick from COVID-19.

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick by J. David McSwane covers this story. It introduces the people who ignored warning signs; or worse, blocked needed supplies or promised them and never delivered, often making money in the process.

The author, an investigative journalist with Pro Publica, visits to unpack the story.

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