COVID-19 almost one year on, it is time to assess who passed the test, and who failed.
Date: November 27, 2020
Topic: Global Economics & Governance
This opinion post was originally published in Project Syndicate.
PARIS – From the moment the COVID-19 emerged as a global threat, it was clear that it would test every society’s strength, resilience, and response capabilities. Almost one year on, it is time to assess who passed the test, and who failed.
From a public-health standpoint, the answer is clear: East Asia – including Australia and New Zealand – passed the test with flying colours. As for the rest, Europe performed unevenly, the United States stumbled badly, and developing countries have struggled.
To be sure, luck played more than its part in