October 13, 2020, Vol 324, No. 14, Pages 1371-1476
Suboptimal US Response to COVID-19 Despite Robust Capabilities and Resources
Jennifer B. Nuzzo, DrPH, SM; Jessica A. Bell, MS; Elizabeth E. Cameron, PhD
JAMA. 2020;324(14):1391-1392. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.17395
This Viewpoint attempts to reconcile the US’s high 2019 preparedness ranking on the Global Health Security Index, an international framework for benchmarking health security, and its faltering coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response, and explores lessons learned from other countries whose higher rankings and efficient responses were more closely aligned.