Why playing the blame game can't save American lives?

Source:CCTV.com 24-01-22 01:12 Updated BJT
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By Zhou Fujing

A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a man for COVID-19 testing in Washington, DC, the United States, on January 13, 2022

A medical worker takes a nasal swab sample from a man for COVID-19 testing in Washington, DC, the United States, on January 13, 2022

When there is a big epidemic, there are blame games. During COVID-19 pandemic, The United States has been playing the blame-shifting from the very beginning. It first claimed China didn't report the outbreak to the World Health Organization in a timely manner; then put the blame on China for the pandemic. It politicized the coronavirus origin tracing and questioned China's effective zero-COVID approach with ulterior motive.

Blame-shifting, an old playbook in Washington's handling crisis, can neither save the lives of U.S. citizens, nor make it great again. As the consequences have showed:

More than 850,000 U.S. citizens have lost their lives because of the virus as of mid-January, making the U.S. leading the world in both confirmed cases and death toll. COVID-19 infections are soaring and deaths are climbing again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showed "A total of 645 COVID-19-related deaths among residents were recorded during the week ending January 9, a 47% increase from the earlier period." 

Many US citizens have lost trust and confidence in the Biden administration and its democracy. The Schoen Cooperman Research completed a poll prior to the anniversary of President Joe Biden's first year in office. According to the poll, 51 percent of Americans believed "U.S. democracy was in danger of extinction." Pollster Carly Cooperman said, "We found that Americans are losing faith in their democracy, arguably worse than ever before. They're losing faith in elections, institutions, and the ability of democracy to survive. Everything is negative."

The Democrats and Republicans have become even more divided and both lose faith in the integrity of U.S. elections. According to The Hill report last December, Democrats defended President Biden was not to "blame for the prolonged COVID-19 crisis" and argued that Republicans, "from former President Trump to his most vocal allies in Congress and in state capitals, bear plenty of responsibility for public resistance to masks and vaccines." 

Blame game is harmful and can lead people to nowhere in the fight against the pandemic. It can neither cover up U.S. administrations' failure in coping with the pandemic nor help alleviate the worsening pandemic resurgence.

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Editor: zhangrui
24-01-22 01:12 BJT
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