The governments in the Western imperialist centres have almost completely given up on any pretence at trying to combat the virus. The results are catastrophic and there is no end in sight.
Most of the main Western imperialist powers are effectively doing nothing to prevent Covid spreading. A minority opposes such government policies. Socialists need to link up with this resistance and radicalisation, to unify and broaden it.
Cuba achievements in combating COVID-19 rest on a foundation of socialist development. The measures taken have been based on a scientific understanding of the virus. The highly educated population understands the scientific concepts. Plus health care is universal, accessible and free.
Approaching the third year of the global pandemic, life in China is “back to normal” for most of the 1.4 billion people. There are occasionally short-term, localised lockdowns in response to local outbreaks, but there is no active pandemic within China.
This is a monumental success of a system that values human lives over corporate profits.
The decisions of both Joe Biden and Boris Johnson in recent days will ensure the Covid death toll will go far higher. Extending the pandemic allows the ruling class offensive to continue. It is the centrepiece of government policy. So the struggle will be a prolonged one.
The approach, which involves a partial lockdown or quarantine of neighborhoods where infections are identified and the tracing of contacts of those infected, has kept the major part of the country free from the virus.
As a result, residents in most parts of the country lead a normal life without worrying about being infected.