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Saying America scored a Covid-19 ‘victory’ against China is wrong and offensive

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A few days ago, I arrived in the United States to spend a few weeks visiting friends as things begin to safely open back up. Within less than a day, I was able to get my first Covid-19 vaccine dose and already have my second scheduled. It speaks to how widely available the vaccine, a shot of hope for many, is here.

In some ways this feels like a victory, especially considering the hellish year the US in particular has been through. But it isn’t at all.

Writing for Foreign Policy, Hal Brands recently authored a piece titled ‘America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory’, which is full of the same unnecessary chauvinism characteristic of many American intellectuals and is, as a fellow US citizen, deeply insulting.

There need not be a winner – except for the world itself, perhaps – when it comes to a global pandemic, but even then America has not yet “won” in any real sense and, once the spread of the disease is under control, it would be impossible to call everything that’s happened a win.

Of course, Brands’ piece obviously has a clear political objective and is basically indistinguishable from US government PR material.

As Brands wrote, “The world’s understanding of the pandemic’s impacts is likely to only become more favorable to the United States over time – and its fallout may ultimately prove disastrous for China’s........

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