World’s Worst Pandemic Leader: Five Presidents and Prime Ministers Badly Mishandled COVID-19
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will visit the hospital on November 27, 2020, unmasked for a COVID-19 patient in Minsk. Andrei Stasevich TASS via GettyImagesCOVID-19 is notorious for being difficult to control, and political leaders are only part of the calculation. It will be pandemic management. However, some current and former world leaders have disregarded the seriousness of the pandemic, ignored science, and ignored important health interventions such as social distance and masks. Little effort has been made to combat the outbreak in. All men on this list made at least one of these mistakes, and some made all of them – with fatal consequences. Narendra Modi of India, Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University, and India are the new epicenters of a pandemic, with about 400,000 new cases per day recorded by May 2021. Patients with COVID-19 have died in hospitals because of the lack of oxygen given by their doctors and the lack of life-saving medications like remdesivir. The sick move away from clinics that do not have free beds. Many Indians have accused a man, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of the country’s tragedy. In January 2021, Modi declared at a global forum that India “saved humanity by effectively containing the corona.” In March, his health minister declared that the pandemic was reaching the “late stage.” COVID-19 was actually empowering in India and around the world, but his government was faced with possible contingencies, including the emergence of more deadly and more contagious variants of COVID-19. I didn’t prepare. Modi and other members of his party held a crammed field campaign rally before the April elections, even though a significant pocket of the country did not completely suppress the virus. Few participants wore masks. Modi also allowed millions of people to hold a religious festival from January to March. Public health officials now consider the festival to be a major event and a “big mistake.” India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has sent more than 10 million vaccines to its neighbors, as Modi advertised as successful last year. Still, by early May, only 1.9% of India’s 1.3 billion people had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Both Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been accused of mistaking the outbreak of their own COVID-19. Pavel Golovin / Pool / AFP via Getty Images Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Elize Massard da Fonseca, Fundason Gettyor Vargas, University of Michigan’s Scott L. Glia, President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro now supports COVID-19 Not only was there a “small influenza” – he aggressively exacerbated Brazil’s crisis. Bolsonaro used constitutional authority to interfere with the Ministry of Health’s administrative issues such as clinical protocols, data disclosure and vaccine procurement. He mandated the use of masks in religious places and rejected legislation compensating for medical professionals who were permanently damaged by the pandemic. And he hampered state government efforts to promote social distance and harnessed the power of his legislation to keep many businesses, including spas and gyms, open as “essential.” Made possible. Bolsonaro also actively promoted unproven drugs, especially hydroxychloroquine, to treat patients with COVID-19. Bolsonaro used his public profile as president to form a debate about the coronavirus crisis and fostered a false dilemma between economic catastrophe and misrepresentation of social distance and science. He has not been responsible for condemning the Brazilian state government, China, or the World Health Organization for the COVID-19 crisis and controlling its outbreak. In December, Bolsonaro declared that he would not be vaccinated due to side effects. “If you turn into a crocodile, it’s your problem,” he said. A mismanagement of Bolsonaro’s pandemic caused a conflict within his government. Brazil toured four health ministers in less than a year. An uncontrolled outbreak in Brazil has resulted in several new coronavirus variants, including the P.1 mutant, which appears to be more contagious. Brazil’s COVID-19 infection rate is finally starting to decline, but the situation remains a concern. Alexander Lukashenko Elizabeth J. King and Scott L. Greer, University of Michigan, Belarus Many countries around the world have tragically responded to COVID-19 with inadequate policies. But we argue that the worse pandemic leaders are a handful of leaders who choose complete denial over ineffective behavior. Alexander Lukashenko, a longtime authoritarian leader in Belarus, has never acknowledged the threat of COVID-19. In the early days of the pandemic, Lukashenko chose not to implement restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as other countries were implementing blockades. Instead, he argued that drinking vodka, visiting the sauna, and working in the fields could prevent the virus. This denial essentially left precautions and pandemic aid in individuals and crowdfunding campaigns. In the summer of 2020, Lukashenko was diagnosed with COVID-19, but said he was asymptomatic and could continue to claim that the virus was not a serious threat. Allegedly stopping the illness and visiting the COVID-19 hospital without a mask also supported his desirable image of a strong man. Belarus has just begun vaccination efforts, but Lukashenko says he will not be vaccinated. Currently, less than 3% of Belarusians are vaccinated against COVID-19. Although Dorothy Chin of the University of California, Los Angeles, Donald Trump is absent, his mishandling of pandemics continues to have devastating long-term consequences for the health and well-being of the United States, especially the color community. .. After recovering from COVID-19, Trump at a campaign rally held in Muskegon, Michigan on October 17, 2020. Early denial of the pandemic by Raider Rio / Getty Images Trump, active dissemination of false information about mask wearing and treatment, and inconsistent leadership harmed the entire country, but the results were in other groups. It was much worse than. The color community suffered from disproportionate illness and death. For example, African Americans and Latin Americans make up only 31% of the US population, but more than 55% of COVID-19 cases. Indigenous Americans were hospitalized 3.5 times more often and suffered 2.4 times more mortality than whites. The unemployment rate is also imbalanced. During the worst pandemic in the United States, it surged to 17.6% of Latin Americans, 16.8% of African Americans, and 15% of Asian Americans, compared to 12.4% of White Americans. These overwhelming gaps have exacerbated existing inequality such as poverty, housing instability and quality of school education. And I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. For example, the US economy as a whole is showing signs of recovery, but minority groups have not made comparable progress. Finally, Trump’s Chinese condemnation of COVID-19-including racial adjectives such as calling the virus “can influenza” -has been nearly attacked by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the past year. It was just before it doubled. This disturbing tendency shows no signs of diminishing. The Trump administration supported the first domestic development of the vaccine. This is an achievement that world leaders can hardly claim. However, the false information and anti-scientific rhetoric he broadcast continues to jeopardize the American path from the pandemic. The latest poll states that 24% of all Americans and 41% of Republicans are not vaccinated. Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador Salvador Basquez del Mercado, Centrode Investigación y Dokencia Económicas COVID-19 9.2% of patients die of the disease, with Mexico’s highest case fatality rate in the world. Recent estimates suggest that 617,000 people may have died, as in the much more populous United States and India. The combination of factors contributed to the long-term extreme COVID-19 outbreak in Mexico. And inadequate national leadership was one of them. Throughout the pandemic, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sought to minimize the severity of the situation in Mexico. Initially, he resisted the call to enact a national blockade and continued to hold national rallies before Mexico finally closed for two months on March 23, 2020. He frequently refused to wear a mask. Maskless Lopez Obrador announced a national blockade on March 23, 2020, after encouraging Mexicans to continue their normal routine for weeks. Adrián Monroy / Medios y Media / Getty Images When he took office in 2018, Lopez Obrador, who inherited the patchwork of underfunded medical services, increased medical spending slightly during the pandemic. Experts said the hospital budget was not enough for the huge job they were facing. Even before the pandemic, Lopez Obrador’s extreme austerity policy, which has been in place since 2018, addresses the health crisis by significantly limiting the COVID-19 fiscal aid available to citizens and businesses. Made it much more difficult. As a result, the economic shock caused by the Mexican pandemic worsened, and last year the need to keep the economy open increased, entering the second wave of a fierce winter when Mexico was just beginning to emerge. Eventually, another blockade was inevitable. Mexico was temporarily closed again in December 2020. Today, mask wear has increased, with Mexico fully vaccinated 10% of the population, compared to 1% in neighboring Guatemala. The situation is improving, but Mexico has a long way to go. [Like what you’ve read? Want more? Sign up for The Conversation’s daily newsletter.]This article has been republished by The Conversation, a non-profit news site aimed at sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Sumit Ganguly of Indiana University. Dorothy Chin, University of California, Los Angeles. University of Michigan Elizabeth J King; Elize Massard da Fonseca, India’s COVID Crisis: Why Public Health Strategy Fails Brazilian activist farmers feed hungry people and help the sick because the president downplays the coronavirus crisis I am. Dorothy Chin is funded by the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Blood, and Lungs Institute. Elize Massard da Fonseca is funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation and the Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). Salvador Vázquez del Mercado is funded by the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). Scott L. Greer is funded by the US Army Engineers Research and Development Center, the National Science Foundation, and the European Astronomical Observatory on Health Systems and Policy. Elizabeth J-King does not work, consult, own shares, or receive funds for any company or organization that would benefit from this article.