- Apr 5, 2015
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The polls were based on my years-old speculations about COVID-19, something that I have deleted in the first post of the thread. Anyway, the impact of COVID-19 in North Korea is controversial, and I don't necessarily believe in these tales of Kim Jong Un. See what @Urwumpe commented about this topic:
Why did I mention North Korea? Because it was a typical example among the 2 main types of strategies chosen by the various world leaders facing the COVID pandemic and based on their respective political ideological system:
• Closed society with socialist centralized state economy: such as North Korea that has tried to achieved zero covid cases by imposing an indefinite total closure of its border, thus blocking all possibilities of imported external new strains from entering, such as the Brazilian, South African, British, Indian and French strains.
• Open society with liberal capitalism: such as Sweden that placed all its hope in achieving natural herd immunity, at the cost of higher risk, but still failing to reach the initial estimated 60% required rate.
This is theoretical case for demonstration purpose. Keep in mind that like any real-time crisis such as the Chelyabinsk meteor event, only time will let us know the full real numbers, after several generations at least, that is no earlier than in 80 years!
I could have mentioned Laos instead but with 1 death is not as perfect as an achievement, and while its ruling party is socialist, it is an ASEAN member with open society with liberal capitalism (the Lao People's Democratic Republic is one of the world's only socialist states openly endorsing communism. The only legal political party is the Lao People's Revolutionary Party).
From the quote you posted:
"North Korea insists there have been no coronavirus cases in the country. So why does it keep tightening restrictions, despite the heavy cost?"
Reply: because if one opens its border, new foreign strains will enter!
You see no contradiction with having achieved zero covid cases and keeping its border closed. On the contrary, it is even a must.
And here the situation for the Year 2 of the pandemic:
Again two type of strategies, based on the respective political ideological system:
• Closed society with socialist centralized state economy: such as North Korea that claimed to have achieved zero covid cases reported as of May 2021, after a full year of total closure of its border, thus preventing any new foreign strains from entering. At the cost of severe economic hardship.
• Open society with liberal capitalism: such as Israel, ranking first at a national level in vaccination rate, that placed all its hope in achieving herd immunity, this time by the massive use of vaccines, but still failing to reach the revised estimated 70% required rate to reach herd immunity, after facing a plateau at ~62%!
Worse still, even a 92% rate of vaccinated people will fail now facing the most contagious new Indian B.1.617 strain! And we are not even talking about the French B.1.616 strain.
https://archive.is/Z8yPF/8a189997b48390e23d8858dc360e8e9ec4fcdeca/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20210512233906/https://archive.is/Z8yPF/8a189997b48390e23d8858dc360e8e9ec4fcdeca/scr.png ; http://web.archive.org/web/20210512233110/https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1392366780828553221 ; https://archive.is/Z8yPF ;
▲ 1. 92% of aviation staff vaccinated—of primary cases: 11 breakthroughs in vaccinated airport staff.
Clearly demonstrating the failure of the herd immunity with open border strategy.