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It's truly pathetic that the US had offshored so much of its PPE-manufacturing when the pandemic hit and was unable to immediately ramp up production. As a result, Fauci wittingly lied and initially told the public that masks weren't helpful, in order to preserve the limited supply for healthcare workers.
It's truly pathetic that a year in, we still don't have mandatory effectiveness standards for masks sold to the public.
It's truly pathetic that a year in, most American jurisdictions still accept cloth masks and bandanas as adequate protection.
It's truly pathetic that the third of Americans who are either badly underinsured or completely uninsured do not have effective access to healthcare until they're on death's doorstep.
It's truly pathetic that Americans haven't been provided a universal basic income during the pandemic lockdown.
It's truly pathetic that tens of millions of Americans are facing eviction and bankruptcy when eviction and collection moratoriums expire.
I could go on, but what I'm saying is that the COVID-19 statistics themselves are only one part of the US's record of abysmal failure.
By the way, according to Wikipedia, the Lowy Institute (which did this study) was founded by a billionaire Australian-Israeli shopping-center magnate and has been alternatively characterized as neoliberal, center-right, or reactionary. Since Wikipedia's managing editors are themselves on the libertarian/neoliberal end of the spectrum, I wouldn't dismiss these characterizations out of hand. In short, it's unlikely that the Lowy Institute's biases contributed to making the US look bad.
(Similarly, I came across a global survey of healthcare systems by the Economist magazine's Intelligence Unit. Buried deep in report, the US was characterized as having "a very low-value system." If the Economist Intelligence Unit says the US has "a very low-value system," trust me, it's not because the Economist wants to make the hyper-neoliberal US look bad.)
"These days"? Really?
Also, a more accurate (albeit less pithy) title would be, "The New Domestic War on Dissent is Coming, Under the Guise of a War on Domestic Terror."
Is there a difference?