What's new

America would have saved trillions had it handled the pandemic as well as Pakistan: US economist

Salza

SENIOR MEMBER
Dec 20, 2014
6,404
-1
9,526
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
Former US treasury secretary and renowned economist Lawrence 'Larry' Summers is of the opinion that had America handled the coronavirus pandemic as well as Pakistan, it could have saved in trillions of dollars.

He made these comments while talking to CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. "America’s failure on Covid-19 is almost unimaginable," he said. "Heck, if the US had handled the pandemic as well as Pakistan, we would have saved in neighbourhood of $10 trillion."

"The costs of an expanded testing system are trivial compared to the costs of tens of thousands of early deaths. Expanding testing should be a matter of utmost urgency," tweeted Summers.


US President Donald Trump, despite contracting the virus himself, has continued to cast doubt on the seriousness of the pandemic even as the US death toll topped 200,000. In what has become an overtly political gesture, Trump almost never wears a mask in public.

According to the Associated Press, quoting a new poll, more Americans blame the US government instead of foreign nations for the coronavirus crisis in the United States, a rebuke to the Trump administration’s contention that China or other countries are most at fault.

As he faces a rough reelection contest in November, Trump has steadily ramped up criticism of China for the virus and announced the US would halt funding for and withdraw from the international health agency over alleged Chinese interference in its work. Critics, including public health experts, have said China bears some responsibility but have also harshly criticised Trump’s response.

Summers on Sunday piled on criticism of the US government's response, saying: "Interest rates are essentially zero, telling us that the funds are available and won’t crowd out anything important. Instead it will push economy forward. All the dangers are on spending too little, not too much."

"We should be making investments in renewing infrastructure, supporting state and local govt, and helping the unemployed and lower income families. It cannot be that the highest priority in the US today is lending money to credit worthy corporations," Summers tweeted.

Last month, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had praised Pakistan's response to the coronavirus, saying the country managed to fight the pandemic while allowing its economy to pick up as the country stabilises.

In an op-ed in the British online newspaper The Independent, Tedros noted that Pakistan had deployed the infrastructure built over many years for polio to combat Covid-19.

"Community health workers who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children against polio have been redeployed and utilised for surveillance, contact tracing and care," he wrote.

Pakistan's response reinforces "the lesson that the choice is not between controlling the virus or saving the economy; the two go hand-in-hand", the WHO chief has added.

 

Neurath

FULL MEMBER

New Recruit

Sep 19, 2020
54
0
66
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
Great news. Our efforts have already been applauded all over the world.
It is also a miracle that a so-called "failing state" like Pakistan managed to perform better than all of the world's major economies and powers.
 

N.Siddiqui

SENIOR MEMBER
Nov 21, 2015
5,793
8
10,015
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
"America’s failure on Covid-19 is almost unimaginable," he said. "Heck, if the US had handled the pandemic as well as Pakistan, we would have saved in neighbourhood of $10 trillion."
 

DrasticMeasure

FULL MEMBER
Jun 9, 2015
206
0
249
Country
Canada
Location
Canada
Great news. Our efforts have already been applauded all over the world.
It is also a miracle that a so-called "failing state" like Pakistan managed to perform better than all of the world's major economies and powers.
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
 

N.Siddiqui

SENIOR MEMBER
Nov 21, 2015
5,793
8
10,015
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
Lol!!! Moronic reply...

"Community health workers who have been trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children against polio have been redeployed and utilised for surveillance, contact tracing and care," he wrote.
 

peagle

FULL MEMBER
Dec 29, 2019
709
1
1,900
Country
United Kingdom
Location
United Kingdom
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
Your reply is stupid beyond measure, devoid of logic and reason.

By your logic, A brown person arrested for rape means every brown person has to be a rapist, or if America is a high income country then every other high income country has to have the same crime rate, I mean there is no sensible answer to your statement.

Every situation merits its own evaluation, based on the available information.

Mob lynching is a common occurrence in India, and despite a multi-religious and multi-cultural population, it almost never happens in Pakistan. Provide reason, not your fantasies.
 

Salza

SENIOR MEMBER
Dec 20, 2014
6,404
-1
9,526
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
The way Govt handled Aabpara area, Islamabad break out was well observed and appreciated by WHO and International observers. That time it was expected that entire capital will be affected in no time but not only corona pockets were contained through affected smart lockdown policy but Govt made sure that over all numbers didn't rise in sustainable numbers.
 

Mujahid Memon

FULL MEMBER
Apr 24, 2012
1,405
1
1,789
Country
Pakistan
Location
Pakistan
This would put many asses on fire including Fareed Zakria's lol.
Your prediction became true in just 3 minutes
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
 

313ghazi

SENIOR MEMBER
Mar 14, 2017
7,658
35
14,801
Country
Pakistan
Location
United Kingdom
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
People like you don't need to be convinced. The WHO is the one talking about the Pakistani model of success. Their eminently better placed to make that judgement than you.

=======

I thought Pakistan suffered from corruption but the mess made of covid in the UK has highlighted some deep and brazen corruption in the UK. £12 billion spent on a track and trace system run on excel.
 

Verve

ELITE MEMBER
May 15, 2014
9,682
8
12,936
Country
Pakistan
Location
United Kingdom
From IMF website:

Pakistan
2020 Projected Real GDP (% Change) : -0.4

World's Open Toilet (aka India)
2020 Projected Real GDP (% Change) : -10.3

USA
2020 Projected Real GDP (% Change) : -4.3
 

masterchief_mirza

SENIOR MEMBER
Apr 29, 2019
7,449
15
15,891
Country
Pakistan
Location
United Kingdom
If you think that Pakistan performed better than US that you are wrong my friend. US has the best medical infrastructure in the world along with the best support for it's workers. For example if anyone in US even mildly feels the symptoms of Covid they get 14 days paid off from work along with other benefits which is why people in US are getting tested and are aware of the fact that they have covid. In addition, US has the best reporting system in the world.

In Pakistan, Govt has provided no benefits so people are just suffering in silence. And I dont expect Pakistani doctors to know that they even have to report Covid ahaha. the cases are probably crossing millions in Pakistan given that Pakistan is almost just as crowded as Northern India.

Please don't try to convince me that a country that still hasn't been able to eliminate Polio is able to defeat Covid so easily.
It Is the infrastructure developed to fight against polio that allowed a rapid response to Covid testing and tracking requirements, greatly facilitating lockdown mechanisms, if you happen to be aware of what's going on in this field. Pakistan's experience is not to be scoffed at....or to hate on blindly. Moreover, it is possible that there are other coincidental advantages enjoyed by Pakistan's health care characteristics that others lack (though this is conjecture and not verified) - BCG vaccination, low threshold for steroid administration, a young population.

Your post wreaks of perpetual butthurt. I imagine your face looks like Fareed Zakaria's did when he conducted the original interview - seething with rage.
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 1, Members: 0, Guests: 1)

Top