Taiwan never locked down, only briefly limited international travel, and had a reported COVID death rate that was roughly a factor of 10 lower than that of New Zealand a year into the pandemic. If the US had been as successful as Taiwan it would have eliminated over 99.9% of the reported deaths during Trump’s term of office.
How did Taiwan do so incredibly well while western countries were seeing massive epidemics in spite of extreme lockdowns and travel restrictions?
After over a year of brilliant success, Taiwan is recently experiencing its first serious outbreak. How is that possible?
The best thing he could have done was to stop downplaying COVID.
He would have won re-election in a walk had he simply done that.
And from a purely political POV, it’s pretty incredible he didn’t see the potential there. I mean, here is a guy who sees the value of creating a ■■■■■■■■ lie based crisis, so he can rally the troops and capitalize on it.
If Covid he had an honest to god, packaged and ready crisis. Why he didn’t just seize the day…
I think the answer is, he has. lizard brain. and once he locked in on the economy as his ticket to re-election, he lacked the mental capacity to change gears.
Taiwan is not alone in extremely low COVID death rates for the first year of the pandemic without long-term lockdowns found in the west. The same is true for Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, and other East-Asian neighbors of China.
The question is how did a virus originate in East Asia when East-Asian populations appear to have herd immunity from before the virus even appeared?
Meanwhile the rest of the world is seeing millions of deaths. How is that possible?