Germany’s Pandemic Success Was Based On US Research Dismissed By The US Gov’t

Julie Zheng

A large portion of German success with the pandemic was based on US research that was ignored by the US government.

As the coronavirus cases have declined in many foreign countries, the surge in the U.S. has led health experts to question “why virus-stricken U.S. states continue to reopen and why the advice of scientists is often ignored,” according to The Washington Post.

  • Although cases are rising in some states, including Arizona, President Trump said that the country will not be closing again.
  • European experts have disputed the U.S. response, questioning, “Has the U.S. given up its fight against coronavirus?” and concluding that the “U.S. increasingly accepts rising covid-19 numbers.”
  • The U.S. government dismissed scientists’ early assessment of the situation, causing a lack of testing capacity at the beginning.

In stark contrast, the U.S. researchers’ conclusions impacted many foreign governments’ decision-making.

  • Karl Lauterbach, a Harvard-educated epidemiologist who is a member of the German parliament for the Social Democrats, mentioned that “a large portion of Germany’s measures that proved effective was based on studies by leading U.S. research institutes.”
  • Lauterbach said specifically that Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch’s research informed German decision-making on “how long their strategy should be in place.” Lipsitch and his team found that “forms of social distancing may have to remain in place into 2022.”
  • Lipsitch credited the overall European response as “science-based” and criticized the White House response.

Lipsitch said he presented some of his research to a White House group in the early stages of the U.S. outbreak but said the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic did not reflect his conclusions. “I think they have cherry-picked models that at each point looked the most rosy, and fundamentally not engaged with the magnitude of the problem,” he said.

Although the Trump administration has defended its approach as science-based, European experts dispute its reliance on scientists and worry that “the damage will be difficult to reverse.”

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