Home / News / How America Helped Stop Covid-19. Just Not in the U.S. | NYT Opinion

How America Helped Stop Covid-19. Just Not in the U.S. | NYT Opinion

We’ve all heard how U.S. leadership failed its citizens with its pandemic response. We had the playbooks, we had the money, we had the experts. We just … didn’t use them.

But it turns out, other countries did. Because U.S. public health leaders and scientists have been planning for a catastrophe just like Covid-19 for decades, and, in typical American fashion, we didn’t just write the pandemic playbook — we exported it around the world.

In this video, we went searching for evidence that the public health innovations and scientific progress this country is famous for are still alive and well. Our journey to find lifesaving American initiatives introduced us to some interesting people: from a virus hunter in the bat caves in Thailand to a group of South Korean epidemiologists who just might have predicted this pandemic.

What we found doesn’t change the fact that more than 220,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, but it sheds light on a part of the U.S. pandemic response that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention: that America’s decades of pandemic planning actually did save lives. Just not at home.

More from The New York Times Video:
Whether it’s reporting on conflicts abroad and political divisions at home, or covering the latest style trends and scientific developments, New York Times video journalists provide a revealing and unforgettable view of the world. It’s all the news that’s fit to watch.

About News Update


Check Also

Months after Beirut’s devastating blast – still no answers – BBC News

It is four months since a devastating explosion tore through the centre of the Lebanese …


  1. Avatar

    Title so misleading

  2. Avatar

    Yay! Finally got here early!

  3. Avatar

    Wait whats her first name?

  4. Avatar

    “Of course we’re not in America!” Lol the shade 😂😂

  5. Avatar

    Wow I am extremely early. HAHAH US STINKY

  6. Avatar

    Measles outbreaks in Brooklyn

  7. Avatar

    Dr. Supaporn lol

  8. Avatar

    Germany developed the first genetic test and gave it to the world to use for free, but, 'murica was too proud to use it and themselves back 2 months

  9. Avatar

    Story of my life…helping others before myself

  10. Avatar

    Thank god for trump! 4 more years!

  11. Avatar
    MIA HERNANDEZ (Student)

    fIrSt cOmMeNT

  12. Avatar

    Trump be like ' We TeAcH tHeM, tHeY tAkE aDvAnTaGe'

  13. Avatar

    Covid 19 is population to cause genocide

  14. Avatar

    Trump was busy in doing khem cho Trump. Such a pathetic man he is

  15. Avatar

    The US is an interesting country.

  16. Avatar

    3:50. Why he has 2 sticks in his ice cream?

  17. Avatar
    GetThePitchforks !!!

    Pandemic risks were one way GW actually got it right. He got a lot very wrong, but in disease control he did well.

Leave a Reply