I can't believe people are still at it. Out of 200 nations that WTO recognizes and all the nations are hit, and big countries and small. I hardly see China doing something like this in any way. Aaand this whole idea that it is China and Chinese Govt. responsibility is an attempt to deflect responsibility from countries who didn't take it seriously in the first place. My own country, India and our PM Mr. Modi made same/similar statements to Mr. Trump even when the Opposition leader. Mr. Rahul Gandhi was sharing it is much more deadlier which GOI claimed as fear-mongering - https://twitter.com/65thakursahab/statu ... 0450442241
This is when Italy had started to dump bodies in graveyard one after other as their health systems had collapsed.
Interestingly, apparently UK had done wargaming for similar scenaios and had found that their health systems would also collapse but didn't do anything to make it better. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... id-it-find
If one really wants to introspect, then the introspection should start at how the country's own health systems are and what can be done to improve those systems. Assigning blame to any other country is not going to solve the problem.
A parallel example is of an attack that is known that happened on American soil. The cyber attack which happened on an oil pipeline. Now whether Russia did or China did, is that going to make any difference. What would make a difference is America putting resources both in pre-empting such attacks and also having more of a reaction speed. These are things which are under American control for sure.
As far as Trump is concerned, this also tells its own tales - https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2 ... defund-cd/
My own view is very simple, all the countries concerned need to take lessons from this and have federated as well as good science emerge. Have more virology labs in various states and give them power. Also consider embracing Open Source pharma. Also designing medical systems which cater to vulnerable groups, marginalized groups. Somebody did share the rural/urban divide. That same thing is happening in my own country. There is literally no medical systems in most villages in my country, other than a quack doctor or general practitioner (at the best of times) and a dispensary at the most. Again, in India nobody gives a shit right now, if it had been say 3 years from now on, hospitals would be made on super-quick feet as the present ruling party would want to win again in elections.
The patents to vaccines are not going to help anyone either in the short-term or long-term, till we are not all vaccinated, none of us are safe. I also saw the complete silence on the various mutations that the virus has gone through. And each time it mutates, it is going to be harder and harder for the same vaccines to work and give relief. This again does not serve any Chinese ends as they too can be easily infected. - https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2241 ... strazeneca