In the New York Times, Henrik Enderlein weighs in on the US government’s response to COVID-19 that is shaking assumptions about American exceptionalism.
For decades, the United States was a global leader and example to the world in terms of values and power. But according to a new article in the New York Times, the COVID-19 pandemic is the first global crisis in more than a century where other countries aren't looking to the United States for leadership. Images of overcrowded hospital wards in America and incredibly long unemployment lines have left many European policymakers, academics and experts in disbelief.
“When people see these pictures of New York City they say, ‘How can this happen? How is this possible?’” said Henrik Enderlein, President of the Hertie School. “We are all stunned. Look at the jobless lines. Twenty-two million.”
The New York Times reports that more than 840,000 Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The US also has the highest death toll worldwide with at least 46,784.
Read the full article in the New York Times.