Calls are mounting for the Biden administration to set up a national tracking system of COVID-19 deaths among front-line health care workers to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and support staffers who have died and ensure that future generations are not forced to make the same ultimate — and, in many cases, needless — sacrifice.

Health policy experts and union leaders are pressing the White House to move quickly to fill the hole left by the Trump administration through its failure to create an accurate count of COVID-19 deaths among front-line workers. The absence of reliable federal data exacerbated critical problems such as shortages of personal protective equipment that left many workers exposed, with fatal results.

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