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World's worst pandemic leaders: 5 who badly mishandled COVID-19

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Any chance any of the fools can be tried for manslaughter?

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Boris Johnson?

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Abe? With his Abe mask fiasco.

Suga? For complete incompetence.

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Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson, exactly. This list should be 6, not 5. In fact there's probably room for more.

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In response to Jimizo and BigYen: even if we increased the number of people on the list to 20 or so, Boris Johnson would not be amongst them, in all likelihood. Granted, he made some bad calls, but the fact remains that Britain has had a pretty good response to COVID-19 overall and our vaccination drive is one of the best in the world. We're well on track to come out of lockdown by June 21st as scheduled, which few other countries can say the same about. True, there was room for improvement, but I think you'll find the same can be said of just about every leader, even in the countries that have done very well. Pretty much the only person who can't be on the list is Joe Biden. 100 million vaccinations administered in 58 days? You'll be hard pressed to beat that.

If we increased the number, you'd see countries like Japan, China, North Korea, perhaps even Norway getting ahead of Boris Johnson. He didn't make the best response, far from it, but he's a long way from being amongst the worst as well. He never denied the threat of COVID-19 as others have, he promoted social distancing, he promoted face masks, he promoted getting vaccinated. He was perhaps a little too reluctant where lockdowns were concerned but he still made the calls, unlike some other world leaders.

I think Abe would probably come in 5th. Japan's going through it's 4th wave, which just shows you how bad the response has been. Suga's not doing much better, though I can't really pin all of the blame on these two. Japan has some rather unusual legislature hanging around which has ended up making the vaccine drive very difficult to get rolling, and that really doesn't help. That Coates guy from the IOC really isn't helping matters by insisting that the Olympics should go ahead even in a state of emergency. That's not really his call to make. But yeah, Abe and Suga haven't done as much as they could have and people and businesses in Japan are paying a hefty price for it.

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BoJo. Definitely. The waffling, lying buffoon.

Given that most Japanese have no hesitation wearing masks, Japan really should be on par with its neighbours, but since it's a lot worse, plus problems with vaccinations, waste of money for useless Abenomasks and the stupid GoTo disaster, Abe/Suga should be there too.

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Boris "let the bodies pile high" Johnson must surely make the list, alongside his cabinet of corrupt crony capitalists:

https://www.transparency.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdf/publications/Track%20and%20Trace%20-%20Transparency%20International%20UK.pdf

The levels of corruption and profiteering are mind-boggling:

"Health Secretary Matt Hancock gained notoriety over £30 million worth of contracts for vials and plastic funnels awarded to his former pub landlord Alex Bourne, who ran The Cock Inn in Thurlow, Essex. Bourne had no expertise in the manufacture and supply of medical equipment and his company is currently under investigation by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency over allegations he did not have “adequate facilities from a health and hygiene perspective.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/27/cron-a27.html

127, 721 deaths from covid19 in the UK as of today. The vaccination programme success is all down to the amazing staff of the NHS.

Shinzo Abe's utter indifference and subsequent resignation to avoid responsibility should see him there too.

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They all have something in common but I can't quite put my finger on it.

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If Trump hadn't been so totally incompetent, he might very well have been re-elected.

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If Trump hadn't been so totally incompetent, he might very well have been re-elected.

I disagree and although Trump, in the beginning, didn't take the virus as serious as he could have, given the fact that many of the professionals didn't take it seriously as well in the beginning just shows the lack of knowledge, Trump did and was the first leader to quickly put together a task force, that in record time which saved millions through operation warp speed. So some might think he bungled it, I don't think so given the circumstances of what we were facing, but because of his relentless efforts to push for a cure, he made up tenfold for what he got wrong in the beginning and that was his vindication, as far as the re-election was concerned there were other mitigating political factors which had less to do with the pandemic, but more with leftist ideological power control push

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SpeedToday  08:34 am JST

Any chance any of the fools can be tried for manslaughter?

Notice who's on the list. They're all idiots and scum. And Trump intentionally started up rukuses in the name of 'freedumb' and tried to ignite a race war last year. He sent his militia thugs to terrorize the nation, forming them into his Blackshirts/SS/Tonton Macoutes. And his sassymouth has had repurcussions, even now. Because of his juvenile 'kung flu' jokes it's become 'hip' for imbeciles to harass and murder Oriental Asian Americans.

And BoJo is a Bozo. He got sick and recovered. He should know better but he's such a birdbrain. Brazil's president is a total jerk. Same for Belarus. Do you see a pattern here?

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That’s bare of any logic and facts. As if those some persons are responsible or could have finished the pandemic alone and with another behavior or decisions. That’s simply wrong. Most other places also had and still have the virus problem and have made or still make quite deadly errors. The whole human kind on this planet has altogether badly mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic and still does. And the by far biggest and responsible ‘mishandlers’ are not even named in your listing.

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I'd toss Canada's Trudeau on the pyre, too.

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Where’s Boris Johnson?

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Trump?!?!?? Almost one year ago Trump's plan to deliver ‘hundreds of millions’ of Covid-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020 was highly doubted and ridiculed by the leftist media.

How is the world doing now compared to one year ago, particularly America? Thank you Donald Trump for making it possible for my entire family to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19--2 months ago!

Anyone remotely familiar with US law would know there are certain thing the federal government (civics lesson--Trump was part of the federal govt.) can do, and other things that are relegated to the powers of the states.

So, it was beyond Trump's powers to force people to wear masks in public, in restaurants, shopping centers, and so forth. It is in the purview of the individual to decide whether to engage in high risk behaviors, and rather than blame Trump, blame those who flipped their noses at science.

Another fallacy in this article--trying to make the point that minorities suffered from unemployment under the Trump administration. Every minority group in the USA saw an increase to their financial prosperity, and were at their peaks, under Trump.

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Commodore PerryToday  06:30 am JST

Trump?!?!?? Almost one year ago Trump's plan to deliver ‘hundreds of millions’ of Covid-19 vaccine doses by end of 2020 was highly doubted and ridiculed by the leftist media.

How is the world doing now compared to one year ago, particularly America? Thank you Donald Trump for making it possible for my entire family to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19--2 months ago!

Anyone remotely familiar with US law would know there are certain thing the federal government (civics lesson--Trump was part of the federal govt.) can do, and other things that are relegated to the powers of the states.

So, it was beyond Trump's powers to force people to wear masks in public, in restaurants, shopping centers, and so forth

Now hold on a minute. Since when did Trump recognize any limits on his Presidential powers? Since when did he ever respect the powers delegated to the states, or Congress, or anybody? When did he ever recognize or respect federal laws or the Constitution? US law means nothing to him! He refused to accept his election defeat, filed over 60 BS lawsuits and then tried to overthrow the government by rallying his Blackshirt thugs on the Capitol. He is a criminal and a traitor. Besides, if he was 'the Chosen One' (Messiah) as he claims to be, the pandemic wouldn't be such a problem - would it?

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A criminal? He was arrested, charged, and convicted in a court of law?

The pandemic was a problem--not now in the US.

State of New York, Population 19,500,000.

7 day average positive cases = 329

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Notice who's on the list. They're all idiots and scum. And Trump intentionally started up rukuses in the name of 'freedumb'

What?

and tried to ignite a race war last year.

No, that was started by BLM and the media that backed them with the help of race agitators and hustler opportunists like Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters.

He sent his militia thugs to terrorize the nation, forming them into his Blackshirts/SS/Tonton Macoutes. And his sassymouth has had repurcussions, even now. Because of his juvenile 'kung flu' jokes it's become 'hip' for imbeciles to harass and murder Oriental Asian Americans.

I have no idea what that rant was about, but the fact of the matter is, and with all the pile on and big mouth criticism from the left, he was the only one in the country to put together a task force to deal with trying to find a cure and every left media outlet said it couldn't be done and he did and no one else thought about or even contemplated it, not to mention after he got it, he took it even more serious. The big mouth served him well as he had the absolute right to punch back at everyone that tossed a punch to him, something that a lot of conservatives faulted Bush for NOT doing.

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The Covid crisis in Mexico is shocking and definitely underreported in the US. As for Trump dealing effectively with the US Covid crisis, how quickly memories of his incompetence fade. He deserved to be on this list as much as Bolsonaro. Both disregarded the seriousness of the pandemic and then directly impeded their health agencies

Trump initially blocked Chinese citizens from visiting the US at the start of the crisis, but did little to monitor or detain tens of thousands of US citizens & residents returning from the Wuhan area who were already infected with Covid. His bragging that he stopped Covid at our borders from China was thus a false narrative.

Trump disregarded & even mocked urgent pleas from New York and other states last Spring as Covid hit the East Coast hard. State-level requests for release of ventilators & protective equipment from federal stockpiles went unanswered for many weeks, costing the lives of numerous healthcare workers in New York who had to re-use week-old face masks. It eventually forced states to acquire their own sources of ventilators & protective gear at higher costs—since the Trump Administration refused to get involved until much later.

Trump and his Administration deliberately interfered with federal agencies such as the CDC by trying to manipulate the weekly morbidity and mortality reports for COVID-19. His Administration wasted public funds and misdirected resources by ordering millions of doses of HCQ based on Trump’s quack endorsement of HCQ. Medical experts did not support his views and were proven correct. Meanwhile, he influenced many to rely on a worthless drug based on his own support, to the detriment of many patients.

Trump conducted numerous press conferences where he and his staff personally disdained the use of face masks by their own examples. This resulted in documented super spreader situations both inside the White House, in the Rose Garden, and at speaking (campaign) events away from DC. At his farcical press conferences, Trump continued to minimize the impact of Covid and proposed ridiculous solutions such as the use of disinfectants internally.

Operation Warp Speed was heavily promoted late last year, but turned out to be a failure from the onset. Distribution of vaccines to critical areas around the US were held up due to transportation difficulties and federal warehouse issues. The planned distribution network failed to deliver enough vaccines to many states, forcing a strict rationing until the Biden Administration took over. Trump’s own officials publicly admitted vaccine distribution was “slower than they anticipated.”

Trump failed in almost every aspect of this pandemic, period.

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The vaccinations in the US are a great success. Trump handled the covid crisis as poorly as anyone at times, but in the end, his Operation Warp Speed program turned out to be the nuclear weapons of tools used to fight the covid-19 virus with more success than any other country in the world.

Even today, there is disagreement about wearing masks in the US. Regardless, the mask issue has nothing to do with the president since the States have the power to regulate masks (as do private citizens on their property, and the federal govt. on its facilities). Trump saved millions of lives. Period.

What a joke that no Japanese 'leader' is on the list.

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