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The United States has world’s fifth worst response to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists claim 

The US has had the fifth worst response to the Covid pandemic in the world, a think tank has claimed.

The Lowy Institute ranked nearly 100 countries on their management of the global crisis after their hundredth confirmed case.

The US came 94th out of 98, followed only by Iran, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil in last place. 

The US has had the fifth worst response to the Covid pandemic in the world, a think tank has claimed 

The US has attracted criticism throughout the pandemic, particularly with Donald Trump's dismissal of the virus as a 'flu'

The US has attracted criticism throughout the pandemic, particularly with Donald Trump’s dismissal of the virus as a ‘flu’

Lowy Institute’s Covid-19 Rankings

Top 10:

  1. New Zealand 
  2. Vietnam
  3. Taiwan
  4. Thailand
  5. Cyprus
  6. Rwanda
  7. Iceland
  8. Australia
  9. Latvia
  10. Sri Lanka     

Bottom 10: 

89. Chile  

90. Ukraine

91. Oman

92. Panama

93. Bolivia

94. United States

95. Iran 

96. Colombia

97. Mexico

98. Brazil

To date, the US has recorded 25.6million cases and 429,125 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute.

Both figures are the highest of any country in the world, with India registering the next highest total infections with 10.7million, and Brazil the second most deaths with 220,000. 

The US has attracted criticism throughout the pandemic, particularly with Donald Trump’s dismissal of the virus as a ‘flu’ in its early stages.

Trump played down the severity of the coronavirus even while his own experts were urging him to take it seriously.

Top Trump administration officials like Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and trade adviser Peter Navarro reportedly sounded the alarm about a pandemic reaching American shores as early as late January, but the former president failed to heed the warnings.

On February 25, just weeks before much of the country was forced to shut down because of the pandemic, Trump declared the virus ‘very well under control in our country’. 

Critics said the valuable time that was lost could have been used to ramp up testing as well as provide medical professionals adequate supplies of personal protective equipment in order to better deal with the pandemic.

In fact, US officials recommended against widespread mask wearing until April in part because of a shortage of protective masks required by front-line medical workers. 

Trump has also been criticized for mixed messaging – touting social distancing and preventative measures on the one hand but then urging his supporters to ‘liberate’ states through mass demonstrations on the other, and rarely wearing a face mask.

The then president also made comments that prompted mockery and scorn from the public, including his suggestion that cleaning disinfectants could be ingested into the body in order  treat the virus.

Trump, for his part, has claimed that his decision to shut down travel from China saved lives, though the administration has allowed flights from China carrying American citizens and legal residents to continue landing in the country.

President Joe Biden has made the pandemic his number one priority in office and has already sent goals to increase the vaccination rollout

President Joe Biden has made the pandemic his number one priority in office and has already sent goals to increase the vaccination rollout

President Joe Biden has made the pandemic his number one priority in office and has already set goals to increase the vaccination rollout in a bid to slow the rampaging virus. 

He announced Monday that he thinks the US could give more than 1.5million vaccinations a day, upping his original plans for 1million per day

Currently, the US is vaccinating 1.27 million people a day on average. Supply could be the biggest hurdle to reaching and maintaining Biden’s goal of vaccinating 1.5 million people a day. 

Collectively, Moderna and Pfizer have promised to supply 200 million doses by the end of March.

New Zealand was ranked as the world’s most effective handler, recording only 25 deaths and 2,295 cases.

Vietnam came in second place with a population of 70million, followed by Taiwan, Thailand, Cyprus, and Rwanda.

The worst performing country was Brazil, with over 8.9million cases and over 200,000 deaths to date. 

The research discovered that structural factors such as an advanced economy or political system did not give countries an advantage.

Lowy Institute researcher Ms Leng told The Australian: ‘The results basically show that neither democracies nor authoritarian states did better than the other.’ 

The Lowy Institute found a lot of ‘quiet achievers’ outperformed in their pandemic management.

Countries with a population of less than 10million generally came out on top, the data suggests.

Ms Leng said: ‘In general, countries with smaller populations, cohesive societies and capable institutions have a comparative advantage in dealing with a global crisis such as a pandemic.’

The Lowy Institute’s study measured key indicators including confirmed cases, deaths, cases per million people, deaths per million people and cases a proportion of tests.

China was not included because none of its testing rates are publicly available.


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