Thirteen countries have stepped up to fill the global leadership void with world order in disarray due to the US and Trump’s inefficacy.
President Trump has made the United States’ as well as the global fight against the coronavirus outbreak as his re-election playfield. But it seems the other world leaders have had enough. In a joint statement today, thirteen (13) countries including the likes of Germany, Britain, Canada, France, and Italy have come together to chalk out a global co-operation strategy to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Highlights! Thirteen countries step up to fill the global leadership void through economic co-operation when Trump refused to lead by example
- World order in disarray and need for a united response as reported toll climbs 2.2 million
- Trump’s increasingly self-isolating approach for the US in global pandemic diplomacy
- Formulating a co-ordinated economic response against the ongoing pandemic and impending famine
- Cautious reopening of economies witnessing flattening curves
- Scare for the poorer countries where outbreaks are yet to peak
- The terrifying truth of untested COVID-19 deaths
The move comes after US Trump increasingly isolated himself and the United States from the world order but announcing to cut the World Health Organization’s funding. The move directly impacts the coronavirus response of African nations that largely depend on the WHO. Most countries of the world are at a standstill economically, with a famine looming overhead amid the struggle to contain COVID-19 outbreaks.
Trump set the tone for isolation in the global coronavirus diplomacy
However, US President Trump’s approach to the pandemic has been the opposite. What was need was a leader to unite nations across continents in the bid to curtail the impact. However, Trump set the tone for isolation in the global coronavirus diplomacy. His blame game and divisive politics have drawn condemnation from other major world leaders.
The global leadership role that Trump refused to fulfill
Rapidly spreading virus needed a united stand with solidarity toward those that are less equipped to deal with the ongoing menace. But Trump chose to increasingly isolate himself inside the US and sent the same message overseas. COVID-19 Cases in the US have crossed 700,000 and globally the toll has surpassed 2.2 million.
With no vaccine in sight, many nations fear that prolonged lockdowns aren’t in global coordination leaving the lesser-equipped more vulnerable to outbreaks in the long run. The thirteen countries part of the global co-operation and response plan, which also includes Brazil, Morocco, Turkey, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, Peru and, Mexico, jointly said the step was vital to “save lives and livelihoods.” The absence of the United States, China, and Russia from the group can be seen as a sign that other nations are fed up of the factionist diplomatic direction of current geopolitics.
The global co-operation plan for economic response
The nations committed to work in tandem with other nations for a co-ordinated effort in “public health, travel, trade, economic and financial measures in order to minimize disruptions and recover stronger.” The global coronavirus response plan will help a co-ordinated restart of sea, air and land links internationally, emphasizing on maintaining supply chain for medical equipment and aid as well as formulate co-ordinated strategies for returning home thousands of travelers stuck abroad.
Globally, the novel coronavirus that causes the SARS-COVID2 disease is seeing signs of flattening out in a number of places. However, several countries who had successfully contained the outbreaks are witnessing relapsing cases and dangers of the second outbreak post opening up. Europe has seen a flattening curb and countries like Germany, France, and Spain are planning the comeback of their economies. Nevertheless, most governments are cautious of relaxing restrictions too much too soon.
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Trump’s politics of isolation
President Trump has irrationally tried to open up the economy on multiple occasions. Thereafter being hit with the fact that the nationwide coronavirus outbreak was here to stay. He has been accused of not taking dying Americans seriously, also criminally misguiding at times and undermining the crisis.
Trump’s approach hasn’t gone down too well with other badly-affected nations. Italy’s extraordinary commissioner for coronavirus emergency, Domenico Arcuri says, “It’s wrong, sensationally wrong to communicate that there is a kind of conflict with health and safety on one side and economic resumption”. Furthermore, for many countries, the pre-pandemic implemented US has left economies too poor to have adequate resources to respond.
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Iran is hit one of the hardest. It failed to contain the pandemic due to a sanction-induced economic crisis. Trump has been a bully instead of acting as a stateman when it came to diplomacy in the crisis-hit times. He repeatedly scapegoated China and the WHO to hide his administration’s inefficiency.
His unruly diplomacy was also evident when the US President manipulated India into supplying antimalarial medicine used as a prophylactic for frontline professionals globally. Most of all, his cutting the WHO’s resources at such a crucial time also endangers billions living in the third world nations where silent community transmission is waiting to explode into unprecedented health scare.
Scare for countries where Pandemic is yet to peak
Globally, politicians try to downplay the impact suggesting that most that are infected eventually recover. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed over 154,000 lives. Even when it’s yet to peak in over half the countries on the planet.
Some countries in Asia initially contained outbreak but are now seeing rapidly rising cases every day. Japan, Singapore, and India with over 2 billion people have also seen a surge of infections into tens of thousands. Poor South American countries have pandemics running out of control. Likewise, Africa, with a population of 1.2 billion has almost 20,000 cases and over 1000 deaths.
However, the scarier scenario is the fact that the number of cases underestimates the reality. Healthcare officials in several counties have said that there have been thousands of untested deaths due to COVID-19-like symptoms in smaller nursing homes that are not part of official tolls. In Britain, agencies believe the actual count to be 15 percent more that officially reported. China has also spiked its official death toll by 40 percent from its original reporting. In such a scenario, the poorest countries could very well have coronavirus cases exploding with gross underreporting, signaling an impending doom.
Watch: Trump’s response on China revising its toll to 40 percent higher
So in the wake of this catastrophic worldwide disarray, the global co-operation and response plan by the thirteen countries is a welcome step. Furthermore, the group of nations jointly said that they will rely on the scientific community to provide guidance to governments for the critical worldwide response.