Thank goodness the medicos did not run the show during COVID times. You must remember they are there and their whole essence is to save lives. So they were best kept reigned in politically particularly as they were not elected officials. They are technocrats and many quite frankly are nerds with the personality of a cucumber. But they were valuable resources and a source of excuses in the struggle assisting (hopefully) the politicos in their decision making. And as for propaganda purposes they built the basis of the propaganda machine with their obsession with social distancing and mask wearing. Their daily press conferences were about as exciting as watching paint dry. They largely failed to see or ignored the medical collateral damage caused by the shut down of economies and true to physician form most lacked compassion. It was numbers, numbers, numbers then admonishments and threats to to public if you don’t do this and that you are transformed into a killing machine.
I have no beef against my fellow physicians as they are neither economists nor politicians. And serving politicians that appointed them was a shortcoming they had no part in. One has to remember they serve the elected politicians but their duty to the public’s health should not be forgotten and long as they made that clear to the politicos that was fine. In many cases, particularly on a federal level in the United States, they were ignored or in some cases mocked by ex-President Donald J. Trump.