Why countries best placed to handle the pandemic appear to have fared worst

During the first year of the pandemic, it was wealthier countries, with their comparatively stronger health systems, civil services, legal systems and other public services, that suffered the highest rates of COVID-19. Indeed, countries rated to be best prepared to respond to public health threats such as pandemics—those with the greatest “global health security”—had the most COVID-related fatalities.

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