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The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many government regulations that have hindered our ability to respond effectively to it, but it also has led to some positive policy changes that will serve us well in the future. 

That was the thrust of the discussion on Monday between Mary Ruwart, retired biomedical researcher and author, and Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Akina’s bi-weekly interview program “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. 

Ruwart earned a doctorate in biophysics from Michigan State University, served 2½ years on the Department of Surgery faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and spent 19 years as a pharmaceutical research scientist for Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. She has written extensively on the subject of government regulation of the drug industry, including the 2018 book “Death by Regulation: How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Reclaim It.” Her first book, published in 1993, was “Healing Our World: The Other Piece of the Puzzle.”