Japan and U.S. must lead preparations for next pandemic

Dr. Satohiro Akimoto with the Japan Times

Japan and U.S. must lead preparations for next pandemic

-The Japan Times-

The global crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic calls for a global solution, but so far the international community has not shown a strong desire to get on the same page.

Instead of formulating a coordinated front in the fight against the coronavirus, world leaders are taking a domestic and unilateral approach and attempting to manage the contagion within their own borders by themselves.

U.S. President Donald Trump seems to have been preoccupied with the domestic political and economic aspects of COVID-19, with this year’s presidential election seemingly at the top of his mind. As a result, he has not exercised his power as the leader of the free world to call for a united response to COVID-19.

Despite the fact that the United States is chairing the Group of Seven leaders’ summit, Trump has shown no interest in reaching out to his G7 peers to form a cohesive response to COVID-19.

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