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.”
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Update: 2019 study found US best-prepared country to handle a pandemic (NYPost)
Update #2: Dated from February 7, 2020 …. Here’s the Johns Hopkins study President Trump referenced in his coronavirus news conference (John Hopkins).
WNU Editor: Besides the U.S. there are other countries that the John Hopkins study points out were more prepared for a pandemic but are not faring very well right now. France is one of those countries. I think the problem is that while these countries were the best prepared, they failed in not enforcing their borders, enforcing quarantines on people returning to their country, and not quarantining regions in their country where the outbreak was occurring. Russia is a country that was (and is) not ready for a pandemic. But it was the first country to block its border with China, and I think that bought them at least two months of time. Unfortunately, from what I am now hearing from my family, friends, and contacts in Russia is that the pandemic is now spreading in Russia very quickly.
The Global Health Security Index (GHS Index) is a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHU) and was developed with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The report is here …. The Global Health Security Index.
Update #3: A reader just made a good point to me. There is really only one country in the world that has the resources and brain power to lead the way to research and develop the proper treatment and vaccines for this pandemic. And that country is the U.S..