Lancet: Trump Policies Responsible for at least 200,000 COVID Deaths

US could have averted 40% of Covid deaths, says panel examining Trump's policies The country began the pandemic with a degraded public health infrastructure, leading to more deaths than other high-income countries

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In a wide-ranging assessment published on Thursday, the commission said Trump “brought misfortune to the USA and the planet” during his four years in office. The stinging critique not only blamed Trump but also tied his actions to the historical conditions which made his presidency possible.


Guardian: The US could have averted 40% of the deaths from Covid-19, had the country’s death rates corresponded with the rates in other high-income G7 countries, according to a Lancet commission tasked with assessing Donald Trump’s health policy record.

Almost 470,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus so far, with the number widely expected to go above half a million in the next few weeks. At the same time, some 27 million people in the US have been infected. Both figures are by far the highest in the world.

In seeking to respond to the pandemic, Trump has been widely condemned for not taking the pandemic seriously enough soon enough, spreading conspiracy theories, not encouraging mask-wearing, and undermining scientists and others seeking to combat the virus’ spread.

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