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suneeti@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 27, 2020 | Last updated on October 27, 2020 at 12.17 am

Only a handful of countries can boast of the considerable advantages that the US has in terms of its resources, advances made in science, research and expertise.

On one side we have China, which has rolled out a mass coronavirus testing for nearly five million people after a single asymptomatic case was reported on Saturday. On the other is the United States, a country that has the highest tally on Covid-19 positive cases and deaths due to it. And yet, the Trump administration has made a telling admission that it is not going to control the spread of the pandemic. The contrast between the world’s two largest economies cannot be more striking than this. Only a handful of countries can boast of the considerable advantages that the US has in terms of its resources, advances made in science, research and expertise, and biomedical might. Nevertheless, only a few countries have been hit as severely as the US.

The Trump administration has squandered every opportunity to control the virus and has shown little regard to experts, even the eminent ones such as Dr Anthony Fauci. The approach of the administration suggests it is looking to profit from the pandemic rather than implementing ways to contain the spread, which is regrettable to say the least. By calling it a flu first, and then brushing it off as a minor disease, Trump has dishonoured millions who are struggling with the after-effects of this infection or still grappling with it. Scores have lost their lives fighting this unseen infection. America’s coronavirus ordeal like much of the world’s is unlikely to end when this year does. Even by the most optimistic projections for a vaccine, we might have one by the first quarter of next year. Until then, can the US afford such a cavalier approach to the pandemic?

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Suneeti Ahuja Kohli

Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli has been in Dubai long enough to call it her spiritual home. She loves to travel but plans to settle down in Koi Samui, Thailand eventually to spend her sunset years by the sea. For now, she writes frequently on personal finance, retirement planning, business news and features, health and almost anything assigned by her editor. Her sojourns can be followed on instagram (suneetiahujakohli), news and views on Twitter @suneetiahuja, and for the rest, there’s a Facebook account.





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