CGTN: Chinese think tanks release report revealing U.S. failure to fight pandemic


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CGTN: Chinese think tanks release report revealing U.S. failure to fight pandemic


Source: CGTN    Published: 2021-08-09

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Three Chinese think tanks published a joint research report on Monday criticizing the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University, the Taihe Institute and Intellisia gathered dozens of former politicians, intellectuals, scholars, policy- and decision-makers and practitioners to contribute to the report.

The report said the U.S. failed to contain the virus and had the most COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. It said over 600,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus due to mismanagement of the crisis, while noting that some U.S. media still rated the country number one in the world for its pandemic response.

"The latest absurd example is the Bloomberg reporting on a ranking, COVID resilience ranking, the United States comes number one, this can't be taken seriously," Martin Jacques, a senior fellow from Cambridge University, said at a presser about the report via video link.

Jacques also argued if the coronavirus pandemic hadn't happen amid fraying China-U.S. relations, the story could've been much different, adding, "COVID-19 is probably the greatest test of governance the world has seen since the Second World War, the United States and the West failed miserably."

The report found that lack of common sense and scientific knowledge were direct causes for the U.S. failing to constrain the pandemic's impact, and pointed the finger at former U.S. President Donald Trump for spreading fake news about the virus.

"Donald Trump might be the strongest driving force on creating fake COVID-19 information," it said.

The report blamed the pandemic for tearing up U.S. society, with conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus exacerbating bully attitudes and discrimination towards Asian Americans.

Democrats and Republicans were divided on virus containment measures, especially mask mandates and America's laissez-faire on containing the virus had also had a ripple effect on other countries. "After the outbreak of the pandemic, over 20 million U.S. citizens went abroad, accelerating the spread of the virus," the report said.

Wang Wen, executive dean from Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University, said: "When it comes to issues like vaccination, social distancing, and almost any policies regarding COVID-19 containment, U.S. politicians have barely reached a consensus. This is the tragedy of America's political and social system."

It also identified a lack of responsibility from the U.S. in terms of providing COVID-19 vaccines to other countries. "Exported vaccines from the U.S. take up less than one hundredth of its total vaccine production," said the report.

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