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World braces for virus as America begins to move forward
The success of the Biden administration in tackling the COVID epidemic has been a triumph of vision, planning and execution. But that success may well become a source of tension with the rest of the world as the United States celebrates the reopening of its economy, the recovery of labor markets and skyrocketing growth as much of the planet enters. a period of desperation engendered by a pandemic which is about to shatter. The lives of millions of people and produces deeper and deeper suffering for much of the world. Already, as Americans shed their masks and start booking summer travel plans, the contrast to the general disaster in India, for example, is stark. Snaps of Americans partying on the beach have been seen presented almost alongside those of swollen Indians victims of the virus washing up on the Ganges depicting the horrors faced by many Indians who cannot find vaccines or oxygen, doctors or even affordable funerals. Will we arrive in the fall, as the virus spreads uncontrollably in South Asia, Africa and parts of Latin America? What will be the consequences of the already wide gap between rich and poor nations which is still widening? If the spread of the virus across the developing world produces mutations that can reignite the pandemic in countries that thought they had it under control, it would be a disaster and a spiraling global economy. The only way to true sustainable recovery anywhere is to control the virus everywhere. But while the United States and other wealthy countries can defend themselves against reinfection with the virus, the damage this next wave will cause can be severe and manifold. So far, the Biden administration has taken many appropriate steps. These began when he reversed the unreasonable stance of his immediate predecessor of withholding aid from the WHO and the Global Immunization Program, although our $ 11 billion commitment to the US bailout literally does not represent just a few hours of the bailout funding we were headed for. our own economy. According to the UN, of the $ 16 trillion in stimulus and stimulus funds allocated around the world at the end of March, only 20 percent was spent in developing countries. Vaccine deployments earlier this year were also one-sided. Thirty-eight countries rolled out the vaccine in January – all but nine were developed countries. The pandemic has already “canceled the development gains of millions of people in poor countries, creating an even more unequal world,” according to the UN, with 114 million jobs. lost and 120 million people are pushed back into extreme poverty – living on less than $ 1.90 a day. Last year, the World Bank estimated that number could rise to 150 million by next December. If that sounds bad, the situation may actually be much worse. Because as a result of these reports and estimates being written, the virus has spiraled out of control in India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion citizens. And now reports of the virus spreading to neighbors in India and Indian variants of the virus spreading around the world are proliferating.According to India’s official toll, around 400,000 new cases of COVID are occurring daily, the highest rate seen anywhere in the world, and over 250,000 people have died from the pandemic. But experts believe that these numbers are not only wrong, but also totally wrong. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, the actual daily number of new cases can reach 8 million per day, or 20 times the official estimate. The official death toll is probably around a third of the actual death toll, and the total number is expected to reach 1.5 million by the end of the summer. There are many reasons why the official numbers are so wrong. The first is that in many parts of rural India there are few doctors and hospitals to count and all of them are stretched beyond the limits of the fight against the pandemic. Another is that the government is actively seeking to suppress the numbers. Earlier this week, Indian journalist Rana Ayyub appeared on a podcast I host and reported on the government’s efforts to punish journalists who accurately reported on the crisis and even their efforts to suppress Tweets in reporting the truth. Ethnic slurs for being a critic just like Muslims across India like Hindus there have made Muslims scapegoats in the same way that Trump promoted the virus as a “Chinese disease” here. Hindu nationalists, many associated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his supporters, have been promoting the hashtag #CoronaJihad while accusing small Muslim gatherings of spreading the disease as Modi himself has promoted massive rallies such as the recent Kumbh Mela which attracted 3 million Hindus. Within government, Modi’s supporters are also using the pandemic to target the vulnerable Muslim minority while, at the same time, Modi’s government is trying to use a recently passed law called the Citizens Amendment Bill to deprive tens of millions of Indian Muslims of their citizenship. The chaos around the disease today – with battles and corruption scandals surrounding access to oxygen and funeral service providers, at full capacity, ripping the bereaved out for their services – is in stark contrast to the story promoted by Modi’s government last fall when they actually had their “Mission Accomplished” moment. India, touting its successful containment of the disease, even pledged to donate vaccine to the international program COVAX vaccination program. Today, state leaders across India are forced to participate in this program to get the vaccine that their government cannot or will not provide. In India today there are has a worsening public health crisis at the heart of a worsening social and economic catastrophe. And the government seeks to protect itself from criticism by suppressing dissenting voices – pursuing an anti-democratic trajectory initiated there a long time ago by Trump, the populist and ethno-nationalist Modi. It is bad for India. But as these trends continue, they all pose a threat to a comprehensive view of the United States that has recently been increasingly dependent on a strong relationship between the United States and India to counterbalance the rise of China. This will be difficult to deal with if India is still hampered, experiences unrest, or if Modi becomes more and more authoritarian. While the disease appears to be leveling off in major cities, the crisis is deepening inside India. And, as noted above, beyond its borders. Public health experts fear, however, that what India is experiencing today will then happen in Africa – a region where health resources in many countries are even more severely limited than in the subcontinent. Such a crisis there, on a continent already facing wars, famine, unrest and growing pockets of extremism, will also pose dramatic challenges for the region, the United States, our allies and the international community in the world. wider. open September 14. But the bursting champagne corks and celebrations over a booming U.S. economy, which is expected to grow at an incredible 8 percent rate in the fourth quarter of this year, can be seen as signs of a wealthy world having turned its back on the planet. poorest, a tension often exploited or emphasized by American rivals and enemies over the past 75 years.It took a Herculean effort by the new American administration to bring this country back from the crisis that was imposed on it as a result of the leadership failure of their predecessors. They have also taken important steps to help the rest of the world, including joining the WHO, funding international aid programs, appointing a high-level and well-respected coordinator to oversee U.S. international efforts to fight the disease. COVID (former US AID administrator Gayle Smith), sending supplies directly to India, freeing up unused vaccine stocks and pushing pharmaceutical companies to remove intellectual property barriers to facilitate more widespread vaccine production required. They are doing a lot and it is neither America’s responsibility nor our power to solve or even drastically reduce all of the problems facing the rest of the world. Helping the rest of the world prioritize resolving this next phase of this deep global crisis, we’ll likely not only see suffering, but we’ll see some of America’s best-crafted international plans and aspirations go up in smoke. more on The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Subscribe now! Learn more.