The politicos at first glance seemed to be managing the COVID outbreak. Sadly the inability of the medical systems to handle the initial wave was a result of continual cuts made to the medical systems by the politicos. That meant less PPE and less front-line medical workers, no vaccine or anti virals and in effect deregulation of long-term care homes. Some politicians accepted the blame while others like former President Donald J. Trump who so tragically bumbled COVID management created a whole host of diversionary tactics to shift the blame or change the topic of COVID ineptitude on American’s minds. But during the second wave of COVID-19 in 2021 he was no more as he met his deserved electoral fate in the 2020 Presidential election leading to the victory of “Sleepy Joe” Biden chattering afterwards like a monkey about “election steals”. He also met a nastier defeat which we will talk about shortly.
By the time COVID Plus petered out in 2027 just about any political leader in power at the outset of COVID-19 in 2019 was either defeated in election, removed by coup or subjected to an assassination attempt.
So there you have it the blame game is easy to play in retrospect and I place it on the politicos for a variety of reasons the primary being lack of proper funding, the deregulation of long term care facilities, ignoring the severity of COVID calling it a nasty flu and in many countries the lack of socialized medicine making the lower groups in the socio-economic scale easy targets for the virus.
But I am not sure how apportioning the political blame will help deal with the next virus. I’d rather add up our collective lessons and learn from them.
Whether a democracy or authoritarian government most of them played it the same way with some willing to accept more risk than the others. A politician exists to see another electoral win. When matters go askew a politician looks for a third party to blame. The medicos were used as a human shield to deflect electoral anger i.e. we were just relying on advice from our medical team!