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The ideal Covid-19 response is a combination of these three countries


The ideal government response to Covid-19 would combine New Zealand’s testing policy, Denmark’s school policy, and Uganda’s communication strategy, according to a study of responses from different countries.
Research by Michael Barber, a former adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Idris Jala, who did similar work for Malaysia’s Najib Razak, has looked at how different countries have handled the global pandemic in an effort to help others learn. of the situation. most successful.
Among the examples they select are extensive testing from New Zealand, which has seen more than 7,000 tests for each confirmed case, and contact tracing from South Korea, which uses data from security cameras and credit card transactions to track. people’s movements. The use of radio calling programs in Uganda to engage the public in a country with poor Internet access is commended, along with the successful reopening of schools in Denmark.
But they note that coordination between countries has been poor, especially compared to the 2008 global financial crisis, when leaders, including Britain’s Gordon Brown, helped bring about an international response.
‘Task assignment’
“For the first time in history, every government on the planet has been assigned the same task at the same time,” Barber said in an interview. “That should be a great opportunity for global learning, but surprisingly little is happening.”
This must be addressed as the world prepares to face the next set of challenges around vaccine distribution and economic rescue packages, he said.
And not all solutions work everywhere. South Korea’s contact tracing program is far more invasive than many populations would accept, for example. Although Barber pointed to a successful workaround in Australia, which passed privacy laws to assure people that their data would not be misused.
The pair have also tried to rank all countries on how severely it has been affected by Covid-19 and how well it is recovering. Top of the recovery league on Wednesday were Thailand and South Korea. At the bottom were Honduras and the Bahamas. The UK was ranked 28th out of 184 countries. The United States was at number 131.

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