How did this under-resourced country send Covid-19 packing?
Clue: it wasn’t due to the vaccines and certainly not because of the WHO
Back in April, a colleague sent me an intriguing message from Dr Tarek Alam, Departmental Head of Medicine at Bangladesh Medical College in Dhaka. In this message, Dr Alam pointed out the Covid-19 mortality rate in Bangladesh has been lower than India’s in all three waves. Significantly lower.
In the last two years, India has suffered over 500,000 Covid-19 deaths, or 373 deaths per million. That’s still relatively low compared to the UK for example, which has had 2,607 deaths per million, or the US which has the highest number at 3,088 deaths per million. However, Bangladesh has suffered just 29,000 deaths from Covid-19, or 174 deaths per million. In other words, Bangladesh’s death rate from Covid-19 is less than half that of India’s.
Dr Alam then posed the essential question: why?
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