Why do you think the U.S has went all in on the vaccine route to defeat covid vs mass testing which has worked in Asian countries.?

China, Japan and a few other countries in Asia have got the virus under control by simply mass testing and tracing. It seems like that would be cheaper and easier than trying to develop a vaccine in record breaking time. Maybe our leaders thought early on mass testing would not be effective, but as time went on and evidence showed the effectiveness of mass testing why would our country not adopt something that’s worked well in other parts of the world. 

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Trump said testing makes us (he meant me) look bad. He said to slow the testing down. This is the wrong approach. Early on, he should have enacted the Defensive Production Act and maxed out production of test kits and PPE. The earlier the detection, the the fewer people get exposed to infected people. It's common sense he doesn't have because he's so wrapped up in what he thinks is best for him.

  • 3 months ago

    They didn't do it by simply mass testing and tracing.  They did it by wearing masks, which too many Americans refuse to do.

    The White House itself had mass testing, and still had an outbreak.  There is no evidence showing testing without masks is effective.  The evidence from Asian countries only shows that testing and wearing masks is effective if you do both.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Those Asian cultures have less rebellious populations that'll follow orders. In the US there are just too many of us who refuse to be told what to do. So masking, lockdowns and all that was never going to be as effective here. 

  • 3 months ago

    Testing does not stop or cure the virus.

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  • 3 months ago

    They're looking for a vaccine as well. The problem with America's response is Trump. He's denied that COVID-19 is a danger, he has YET to order accelerated testing and contract tracing, and he told 40,000 Americans to come back from overseas without providing tests or mandating a quarantine. 

    Look at the early outbreak states, and they all have one thing in common: they have a lot of international travel. On the west coast, Oregon, which doesn't have a lot of airliners coming in from overseas, has been relatively untouched, while California and Washington state were hit hard early on. You see the same thing on the east coast: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Florida all have big international airports and were hit hard in the early days.

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