US was more prepared for pandemic than any other country, Johns Hopkins study found

The United States was ranked the best-prepared country in the world to handle a pandemic in late 2019 by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) – an assessment seemingly at odds with claims by Democrats that the Trump administration left the country vulnerable to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The Global Health Security Index was was “developed with guidance from an international panel of experts from 13 countries, with research by the Economist Intelligence Unit” from 2018 to 2019, [The Washington Post] reported last year. "More than 100 researchers spent a year collecting and validating publicly available data.”

At the same time, the paper noted that the U.S. score was still not perfect, and that “factors driving down the U.S. score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, and low public confidence in government.”


That probably speaks more to the poor quality of the assessment made by Johns Hopkins.


Uh huh. More likely speaks the quality of your first comment, which as usual addresses nothing in the actual study or report. But hey, the folks at Hopkins are probably less knowleage than the guy from the World News forum over at Catholic Answers.


I guess, as a layman, that I rank ability to test for a pandemic and actually having the necessary equipment to treat it as well as the protective equipment to keep medical personnel safe higher than the people at Johns Hopkins. Or maybe they assumed that the executive branch would ramp this up quicker when the threat became apparent. But, to say that the US is well prepared, shows that this study was somehow flawed.

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The US might be one of the best prepared in terms of the resources necessary to fight the pandemic, but if we have poor leadership to marshal those resources and effectively lead the public to adopt social distancing and other necessary public health measures, that preparation beforehand won’t help us as much as it could.


All true. Being prepared and executing are of course two different things. In any crisis, there will be areas where you could have done better, and areas out of your control.

At least you spoke to the heart of the study and the reality of a plan in execution versus saying the study was flawed.


It is naive to believe that deaths from the Chinese coronavirus could have been prevented.
There were over a thousand deaths, nearly 20,000 hospitalizations and millions of infections before Obama even declared an emergency, and he was praised for his actions.

There will be lots of deaths from this, and no one could have stopped it. To say a Trump could have stopped it is simply absurd.


Fortunately, we’ve had excellent leadership, from the President , Vice President , doctors and experts. And now we will see the exceptional actions of the American private sector to provide what’s needed.


A great car gets you no where without a great driver. We had a great car.

The spread of the virus could have been prevented. Once spread, it is only a matter of statistics as to manifesting symptoms and end of life.

By what measure?

Exactly. Very well said.

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Really? When? From what I’ve seen, this “car” has had continuous and serious issues for decades.

Nonsense. There is no way to stop people from traveling. The virus has a 14 day incubation period. Many young people carry with little or no symptoms.
Trump banned air travel from China in January, and, of course, was criticized for it.

Unless the Chinese government could have prevented the spread from Wuhan, once out, it would undoubtedly travel.

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By the measure of positive actions taken.
By the measure of comparison to the last administration’s response to H1N1, and that is not a criticism. They did the best they could under those circumstances.

Now, that is a deflection. Hey @Dr_Meinheimer.

Deflection? It responds directly to the ludicrous claim that this type of pandemic can be prevented. It also reveals the ongoing animus in some circles to Trump.

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Deflection. Yes, here…

Deflection. Or just plain falsehood.

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I said it was preventable. But that presupposes a lot of knowledge we didn’t have. However before we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, we could look into preventing such spreads of viruses in the future. We don’t hear about research in campaign speeches.

How about comparisons with those world leaders who have fewer manifestation of this disease in relation to their population? Why do we have 12% of the world’s cases?

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