The article, written by researchers from the University of Alabama, in the US city of Birmingham; and the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute, highlighted the differences between tackling the pandemic in both countries, with better results in Cuba.
The more coordinated and comprehensive response to the pandemic in Cuba has brought about much better results compared to the United States, it added.
Moreover, in Cuba, the Ministry of Public Health has taken over the situation at all levels: from the provision of health services to the preservation of the universality and access to the health system even in the face of a global health crisis.
Meanwhile, in the United States, a decentralized structure has led to the diffusion of authority and accountability among many federal and state agencies, and a clear leader has not emerged, the article pointed out.
The curb of the pandemic largely relies on health protection measures and decisive leadership, something many US citizens have seen as a violation of individual freedom, the article acknowledged.
In Cuba, the approval of strict control measures and compliance with government guidelines by most residents have undoubtedly facilitated the successful response to the Covid-19 pandemic.