Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and other leaders win Ig Nobel awards for teaching people about life and deathBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3675 (Published 18 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3675
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Re: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and other leaders win Ig Nobel awards for teaching people about life and death
The Ig Nobel prize winners have reflected one similarity during the pandemic, ''Fiction over rules Science''. Fortunately for humanity the art of science was able to weather their fictious storm.The World Bank and the World Health Organisation warned of a lethal respiratory pandemic having potential to kill millions, well before the first case surfaced in Wuhan. This year’s report “A World in Disorder “laments world leaders have never before been so clearly forewarned of the dangers of a devastating pandemic, and yet they had failed to take adequate action.. The pandemic has exposed a collective failure to take pandemic prevention, preparedness and response seriously and prioritise it accordingly. Recent film by United Nations summarized, The world has never been so non-cohesive and disruptive. In spite of the alarms, the governments failed to strengthen the healthcare system for pandemic preparedness and economy for financial risks1. A lack of leadership, is worsening the current pandemic. The West led by the USA has been viewed by most developing countries as an example to emulate failed miserably in reading the template of the pandemic. “The power of example works only when it is an example of power,” the words of Samuel P. Huntington. They did very little to either brace themselves from this healthcare challenge or provision of technical expertise to China when it erupted there. Instead blame game from conspicuous leadership of US against China surfaced. Failure to take precautionary steps early on that could have effectively mitigated the spread of virus stoked the pandemic. The glaring gap between international expectations and the actual performance of the West, seriously damaged by the Trump administration’s “denial and dysfunction” confused the rest of the world strategically2. China’s initial cover-up of the emergence of Covid-19, just when the new disease might have been easiest to contain, overshadows everything it has done since. J.Bolsanaro’s reckless behaviour and tossing of scientific principles earned him the accolade of International Villain of the pandemic2. The Indian leadership chose headlines management instead of pandemic management. From the scientific data suitable integrals were picked and highlighted to the gallery in order to depict , India is doing better than others in their fight. However with each passing day the data and its integrals kept changing as the cases rise made their argument scientifically un-defendable and finally they are sticking to case fatality ratio. In September India has been leading the pack of worst hit triads both in number of infected and mortality, it remains to be seen how long this integral will last. President Putin seem to be running a different race by announcing the Vaccine without supportive scientific data.
In these testing times for public and governments ,three women leaders deserves the Nobel for Pandemic. Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, has been described as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ leader because of the way she’s handled the crisis. The decisive and crisp handling appears to have spared Denmark the worst of the pandemic2. Without a doubt, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand provided effective political leadership in eliminating COVID-19. She demonstrated purposeful, empathic leadership based on science and public health. German Chancellor Angela Merkel put science ahead in all her decisions and results are there to be seen.
In summary , there is no contradiction between being an empathetic leader and being a strong leader." These women leaders in the times of crisis have set the political discourse based on science for all others to march on.
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