Chinese think tanks release report revealing U.S. failure to fight pandemic
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.
According to the report titled "'America Ranked First'?! The Truth about America's Fight against COVID-19," the United States deserves to be the world's No. 1 anti-pandemic failure, the world's No. 1 political-blaming country, the world's No. 1 pandemic spreader, the world's No. 1 politically-divisive country, the world's No. 1 currency-abusing country, the world's No. 1 turbulent country during the pandemic, the world's No. 1 disinforming country, and the world's No. 1 country advocating origin tracing terrorism.
The report said the U.S. failed to contain the virus and had the most COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world. As of August 7, 2021, the United States had reported 35,530,951 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 613,658 deaths while 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 No. 1, 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 COVID-19 pandemic has seen U.S. business closures and waves of unemployment occurring faster and on a larger scale than expected. The lower class and other vulnerable groups are facing higher risks of unemployment. The gap between rich and poor further widened as wealth flowed into the hands of a few more quickly, said the report.
It also noticed that social unrest is a "chronic disease" in the United States as the pandemic is acting as an "amplifier" to further exacerbate social tensions. This year, the U.S. topped the list of crime rates in developed countries, much higher than countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Spain, as well as many developing countries. Social unrest manifests itself in three main ways: guns out of control, hate crimes and political chaos.
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. Duke University's Global Health Innovation Center estimated that by the summer of 2021, the United States may have a surplus of 300 million or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The Wall Street Journal reported on May 17 that the United States had exported only 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
"Exported vaccines from the U.S. take up less than one percent of its total vaccine production," said the report.
(With input from Xinhua. CGTN's reporter Dong Xue also contributed to this story)