Sick China

Chinese leaders have forgotten these details. Chinese spectators of the World Cup in front of their television screens noticed that the audience in the stands were not wearing masks. The people attending the matches should not be separated from each other. Not to be accompanied by men in white plastic spacesuits.

Whereas at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government boasted that it had taken the best measures in the world to fight the disease, now it is foolish.

code red

The Chinese are getting tested for COVID-19 as soon as a few cases appear in their bloc. Because the reagents are missing, samples from 10 people can all end up together in the same reagent test tube. Thus, for every positive result, nine other people who are not necessarily infected receive a red symbol on their mobile phones.

This law is disastrous. These people can no longer leave their homes until their results are negative. Even worse, often, as an extreme precaution, all residents of the building are assigned the same code, as are their co-workers.

When cases reach a few hundred, the entire city goes into lockdown.

Now, nearly a third of Chinese cities are in quarantine.

The Chinese government could vaccinate its population with vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna. But this would mean that the Chinese vaccine is not very effective.

Faced with such a failure, leaders should simply buy vaccine doses from Pfizer or Moderna and vaccinate the population on a large scale.

related to something

The problem is that China’s current policy to curb COVID-19 is closely linked to Xi Jinping, and he is pleased that the pandemic gives him the opportunity to reassert state authority everywhere, directly and individually for each citizen.

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This show of force reassures the Chinese Communist Party, which since June 4, 1989, has been living in fear of being overthrown by the population.

Questioning the policy of combating COVID-19 is like questioning the totalitarian control that the government has exercised over its population for several years. Which also amounts to criticizing Xi.

No one, even among leaders or among CEOs, wants to risk committing a crime of self-inflict.

The Chinese population, who is isolated at home, is forced to wear a mask, and thus attends the World Cup matches. She can see that the rest of the world’s population is free to move about and without masks.

This will not drop anything. It is also possible that dangerous mutations of the virus will one day force other countries to reinstate containment measures.

But the epidemic is making Xi’s government look bad.

More than COVID-19, China is fed up with Xi Jinping.

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