A group of 100 House Democrats criticized the Trump administration’s unilateral approach to the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday and offered a plan for working with other countries to control the crisis and ensure that vaccines can be shared widely and quickly.

The letter, written by Reps. Judy Chu and Brad Sherman of California and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, says the Trump administration’s antipathy toward China and multilateral organizations hindered coordination with the World Health Organization and the European Union. It also says restrictions on scientific exchanges with Beijing resulted in fewer Americans on the ground in China as the virus began to spread.

“This impeded the ability of American public health officials to receive timely and accurate information about the pandemic, delaying our response and likely costing American lives,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

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