BEIJING, April XNUMX / PRNewswire /
The US news agency Bloomberg recently published its COVID Resilience Ranking for June. The United States took first place.
Bloomberg states that the US reflects "a best-case scenario with high vaccination protection, a subsiding outbreak, almost fully recovered flight capacity and few travel restrictions for vaccinated individuals." Pandemic return ”is said to be the most important.
CGTN First Voice examined the metric Bloomberg uses to rank the countries and found that it has a very strong pro-business bias. Of the 12 components, only four measure “quality of life” and two of them could be counted in measuring economic activity. In this way, the US has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world and the more than 600.000 American lives lost are barely registered in the ranking.
And the ranking metric treats lockdown as a vice. The two additional metrics on this round that led the US to jump in first place are "the ease with which you get in and out of a place" and "how much air traffic has recovered." It are a total of four components that measure the speed at which COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, treating it as if lifting “is always and undeniably a good idea”. Places still holding lockdowns to combat the pandemic will be fined.
"Keep the economy going, nothing else matters," wrote CGTN First Voice. "Bloomberg's COVID Resilience Ranking supports the policy of the previous administration."
In the United States, corporate interests have always been a prominent part of politics and policy making. Bloomberg's metrics reflect the same priority that the U.S. government has had since the outbreak began.
The US has seen a resurgence in COVID-19 cases due to the rapidly spreading delta variant. The number of cases is still increasing at the rate of more than 30.000 cases per day. Hundreds of people are still dying from the virus in the United States. ABC reports that 30 percent of adults in the United States have not received a vaccine for COVID-19 or plan to do so.
"She advocates the removal of epidemic barriers to doing business," concluded CGTN First Voice, "and this ranking is destroying Bloomberg's credibility."
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