Coronavirus: Is the world winning the pandemic fight?

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On the other hand, Prof Heymann argues, a “lack of political leadership” has hampered many countries where “public health leaders and political leaders have difficulty speaking together”. In such a climate, the virus has flourished. US president Donald Trump and the country’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, have clearly been on different pages, if not completely different books, during the pandemic. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro joined anti-lockdown rallies, described the virus as “a little flu” and said the pandemic was nearly over in March.