Let’s end the COVID-19 blame game: Reconsidering China’s role in the pandemic

Let’s end the COVID-19 blame game: Reconsidering China’s role in the pandemic

Jamie Horsley – Brookings Institution

According to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “today we’re all still wearing masks and watching the pandemic’s body count rise because the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] failed in its promises to the world.” This was the most prominent recent example of the Trump administration blaming China, particularly the Chinese Communist Party, for the COVID-19 pandemic that surfaced in Wuhan, Hubei Province at the end of 2019. China, in turn, has accused the United States of mismanagement and failure to take the pandemic seriously.

The Chinese party-state did mishandle aspects of the initial outbreak. But based on what we now know about COVID-19’s early and asymptomatic transmission and many countries’ ineffective responses, it is not clear that greater transparency in the first weeks would have prevented its spread overseas. Given both this uncertainty and that COVID-19 is the most devastating global health and economic crisis since World War II, the United States and China should end the blame game over the pandemic, collaborate to conquer it, and lay the groundwork for more effectively handling future outbreaks.

This article from Brookings Institution calls for Washington and Beijing to “end the blame game over the pandemic, collaborate to conquer it, and lay the groundwork for more effectively handling future outbreaks.” Read the Brookings Institution’s full article below:

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