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The Head of the 9/11 Commission Is Looking at COVID Now

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A Jan. 6 commission is doomed in Washington, but outside the Beltway, a COVID commission is underway to investigate the origins of the virus, analyze and preserve lessons learned from the pandemic, and propose a path forward to handle the next pandemic.

Remarkably, this Covid Commission Planning Group hasn’t attracted the kind of partisan vitriol we’ve come to expect, and it has crucial backing from Marked by Covid, a citizens group co-founded by Kristin Urquiza, whose father died of COVID-19 last year after he was persuaded the virus was no big deal and mask restrictions were lifted in Arizona.

“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump and for that he paid with his life,” she said in a video that went viral.

Urquiza worked in environmental activism before her father’s death turned her into a COVID activist seeking justice for those who perished in a health system unprepared to help them. Mark Anthony Urquiza died on June 30 after contracting the coronavirus at a karaoke bar. At his burial a week later his daughter invited reporters to attend, and then held a vigil outside the State Capitol calling on the governor of Arizona for a mask mandate.

She told The Daily Beast she was so angry about her father’s death that “I felt there was a hurricane inside my body and if I didn’t find a productive way to get it out, my health would suffer.”

She wanted a national response to the pandemic and her dream was answered in January when she got a call from Philip Zelikow, the former executive director of the 9/11 Commission, wanting to explore with her a COVID commission with a scope that would be much bigger than 9/11, which........

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