A fairly extensive article as to how the CDC messed up testing for the covid virus. Thailand (CDC trained) had a good test within days. WHO also had good tests, and the recipes to make them. CDC seemed to have a 'not invented here' attitude, and insisted on doing a new better more complicated test. A large number of Americans died as a result.Global mortality from the disease has varied dramatically: Thailand, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, all of which jump-started coronavirus testing in January, have experienced death rates of less than 2 per 100,000 people. In the United States, the rate is 91 deaths per 100,000 people, according to lab-confirmed cases archived by Johns Hopkins University. Experts hesitate to quantify how many lives were saved by the early testing in Asia.
Not shooting down the messenger, but the article.
Japan can not be touted as an example in this crisis.
I have documented it as nauseum in March/April on this forum. They barely did any tests and their published Covid deaths do not reflect the reality, many Covid deaths are going down as pneumonia. For every test taken in Japan, Western countries have tested 10 to 20 times more and not because they had more cases.
A similar story can be told in South Korea, which despite an amazing initial response, didn't follow up and have pretty low testing numbers compared to Western countries.
You can see this here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
The US has fallen victim to a policy failure.
"our country is not built to stay closed, we need to reopen. We need to open our economy.".
Donald J. Trump
As for Taiwan, there isn't enough data about what's really going on there, so I'm not going to comment.
I can also say that it's dead quiet in Japan about the vaccines.
This does not seem to be a main theme, vaccine certification is not expected until mid-February and vaccinations are not scheduled to start before the end of February.
Source (use Google Translate): https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/cor ... ml#mokuji3