1 million US lives lost to COVID due to Washington’s disastrous epidemic response and incompetence

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The US death toll from COVID-19 has passed 1 million, according to NBC News. The number is the world’s highest for any country, and experts said such massive cost in lives reflects the failure of the US response to the pandemic and the incompetence of its government.

Some other institutes such as Johns Hopkins University (JHU) recorded slightly lower US death tolls, also approaching one million by Sunday.

The US has become the “world’s biggest failed country” in terms of the COVID response due to the politicization of the epidemic, conflicting policies and social disintegration, experts noted.

“Response to the epidemic is a matter of political capacity, the resolve of top leadership and the ability of a country’s political system to adapt to that resolve. Unfortunately, the US made a wrong choice,” said Lü Xiang, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday.

US health experts have also reflected on the country’s failed response to the pandemic. The death toll didn’t need to be this high, and the response to the pandemic could have been managed much better, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security in Baltimore and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, told TODAY, a US media outlet.

Timely and widespread testing is critical to isolating infected people, but there were persistent problems, including faulty test kits, delayed test results, bottlenecks in labs and long lines at test sites before at-home COVID testing became available, the U.S. media tight.

Instead of focusing on epidemic prevention and control, the US government has released false information to mislead the public. Since the pandemic began, former US President Donald Trump has been telling the public, “It’s going to go away. One day it will miraculously go away.” Trump said so at the White House on February 27, 2020, as the virus marched through Asia and Europe.

Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned days later that he was concerned: “In the next week or two or three, we’re going to see a lot more community-related cases.” The Facts agreed with him.

Observers noted that some politicians at home are trying to downplay the damage caused by the epidemic, pushing for measures that go against advice from public health experts, politicizing scientific issues and creating social tensions. At the same time, politicians try to shift the blame and stigmatize other countries.

On May 26, 2021, President Joe Biden ordered an intelligence review of two equally plausible scenarios of the origins of COVID-19. However, the 17-page report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence offered no new conclusions. The just over 300-word statement mentions “Intelligence Community” six times, but there is no trace of “Science.”

As Adalja said, some of the biggest mistakes happened at the start of the pandemic in early 2020, when the US government opted for “bypass” rather than a proactive approach, giving the virus a head start on its spread.

On October 21, 2020, CNN published an article titled Weird science: How a ‘shoddy’ Bannon-backed paper on coronavirus origins found its way to an audience of millions. The article exposed US politicians’ insidious intent to smear China over the origins of COVID-19.

“Having seen how China’s zero-COVID policy has saved many lives, the biggest challenge facing the US is to rationalize its massive death toll,” Lü said. “Why does the US, the most developed country in the world, have more than a million deaths? They have no answer to their population, so they pass the buck and divert public attention.”

The tragedy of the US is not only that a million people have died, but that the country is incapable of self-reflection. “On the issue of fighting the epidemic, the US government can only debate whether or not to support a particular statement, but its deliberations on how to build a system’s capacity fall far short.” Lu noted.

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