One of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals published an editorial on Friday in which the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was described as complacent and “catastrophic”.
While the Lancet’s editorial does not mention President Donald Trump or his Democratic rival Joe Biden by name, it is careful to highlight the challenges of the November 3 election, especially when it comes to the pandemic and health care.
“With so many losses and even more at stake, the 2020 presidential election is the right moment for the American electorate to welcome change for the better, to reject stagnation of complacency, a view that lacks the intention to share a vision of progress and to rejoin the global community in striving for a fairer and more sustainable future,” the editorial says.
The Lancet also targets the Trump administration as a whole and refuses to blame the president alone. Under the banner of “making America great again,” the White House has “pursued a regressive nationalist policy,” withdrawn protection for people and the environment, and withdrawn from international agreements and organizations such as the World Health Organization, the editorial says.
“Led by a relentless agenda of deregulation and dysregation, America has retreated from its once prominent leadership position and abandoned charity,” the editorial adds. “With the election, Americans have the power to address these problems both at home and around the world by avoiding the fallacy of nostalgia.
The Lancet compared the 2020 election to the one held exactly 100 years ago, after Americans lived through the successive tragedies of World War I and the flu pandemic in which some 675,000 Americans lost their lives.
This year, more than 228,000 Americans died as a result of the novel coronavirus. Twenty-three million Americans have registered as unemployed, and an estimated 14 million Americans and their families have lost employer-sponsored health insurance, according to The Lancet.
The medical journal cited this “fraying social safety net,” a continuing loss of confidence in the public sector, the perceived weakened responsibility of the federal government and political interference in public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to describe the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic as “catastrophic.
“To restore confidence in the federal government, the first priority will simply be to be accountable to the American people. The U.S. federal government must take ownership and responsibility for its domestic policy failures and limitations,” the editorial states.
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The Trump government announced its response to the pandemic on Thursday, pointing to a rapid economic recovery. A report by the Department of Commerce stated that GDP grew at an annual rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter of 2020 – the fastest annualized growth in U.S. history, according to Politico, after the worst slump in history.
Trump “took targeted measures to help American workers and families after the coronavirus hit,” according to a White House press release.
The editorial comes with only four days left until the November 3 election. The United States again broke its own daily COVID 19 case records on October 29, the day before the editorial was published. The United States reported 88,521 new cases, the highest number in one day.
This milestone marks the end of the worst week the country has ever experienced in relation to the virus. Last week, there was an average of 77,865 coronavirus cases per day, a 42 percent increase over the average for the past two weeks, according to the New York Times. More than 500,000 new cases were reported in the US last week, according to the New York Times.