The role of various female world leaders has been exalted globally.
Angela Merkel, has obtained great results compared to the average of the European Union. / Photo: DPA
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Goméz Hernández
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They have been the leaders who have imposed themselves above politics and have been guided by science. This is because they know that in moments of world uncertainty, full of conjecture, fake news and populism; science is the only thing that can bring real tranquility and sanity.
In June of this year, Times magazine highlighted 11 countries that have best managed the pandemic. These include Germany, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Iceland , all nations with a female head of state. Despite the fact that more than 6 months have passed since that list, the results continue to support the role of these governments led by women.
Even though their countries have had different results in terms of infections, Angela Merkel, Jacinda Ardern, Tsai Ing-wen and Katrin Jakobsdóttir are proof that women as heads of State are a reality and a guarantee; and not a "fee" or a diversity quota.
It is no longer news to see that New Zealand is one of the countries that has best contained the pandemic. It is nostalgic to see on social networks how that nation of Oceania maintains normalcy that seems increasingly distant to the rest of the world.
Ardern has become the most popular face in containing this crisis. Her timely and swift measures meant that this country could quickly be confined and contain the first wave of infection.
For her part, the tireless Angela Merkel has obtained great results compared to the European Union average. A mortality rate of less than 2%, lower than France, (2.46%), Belgium (2.98%), United Kingdom (3.26%), Spain (2.71%), Italy (3.52 %), among other neighboring nations. But what was most surprising was that she assumed (almost unintentionally) the role of leader of the West (a position abandoned by Donald Trump) and was setting the tone for the world (not just Europe).
Merkel advierte: el coronavirus infectará a entre el 60 y el 70% de la población alemana.— DW Español (@dw_espanol) March 11, 2020
"Por eso se está trabajando de forma intensiva para dar con el tratamiento y una vacuna", añadió la canciller de Alemania. (eal) pic.twitter.com/nQEAUq25tt
Her serious, sustained, and honest announcements made "Mama Merkel" make us see the reality of the coming crisis and gave us confidence in the face of these difficulties.
Which places are the most resilient in the face of #Covid19?— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) December 21, 2020
Here are the latest top 5 performers of Bloomberg’s #coronavirus resiliency ranking:
More: https://t.co/uMLbgrFpZI pic.twitter.com/8J3kriucoZ
Meanwhile, Tsai Ing-wen and Katrin Jakobsdóttir, took advantage of the advantages of being an island in the Pacific and the Atlantic, respectively, to further avoid imported cases. But their actions that led to good results do not end there.
La Presidenta de Taiwán, Tsai Ing-wen, juró ayer su segundo mandato (y último según la constitución). La inauguración se da con una popularidad del 61%, la mayor en su presidencia, debido al control de la pandemia de COVID-19.pic.twitter.com/UJMm63um19— Descifrando la Guerra (@descifraguerra) May 22, 2020
Taiwan was one of the countries that best used infected contact tracing to be able to contain outbreaks and thus have excellent results from the beginning. Their performance was amazing, considering that this island is a neighbor of China and was one of the first countries to face this pandemic when little was known about the virus. Taiwan only records 8, yes, 8 deaths from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. This, in a population greater than 23 million people ... similar to Australia (24 million and 908 deaths).
Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir was discussing the coronavirus’ effect on the tourism industry and how the nation is approaching testing when she was interrupted by an earthquake. https://t.co/47Thh6hy5M #postlive pic.twitter.com/3rWjrIczXm— Washington Post Live (@postlive) October 20, 2020
Iceland also implemented free mass testing programs to identify asymptomatic patients, which made it possible to avoid infections. As a result, only 28 people have died from COVID since March on this island with 364,000 inhabitants.