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Why Vietnam won and US lost their Covid-19 wars


More Americans have died from Covid-19 than were killed during the Vietnam War, a grim milestone coinciding with Hanoi officially reporting zero deaths from the coronavirus.

“Fighting the epidemic is like fighting against the enemy,” the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has declared.

As of Wednesday (April 29), at least 58,365 Americans have died from the virus, according to a Johns Hopkins University-run tracker of cases and deaths worldwide.

At least 58,220 Americans were killed in the 16-year Vietnam War, starting with two American advisors in 1959 and ending in 1975 when US forces retreated in defeat from communist forces.

The former battlefield adversaries’ current Covid-19 tolls would be proportionately equal if America’s 58,365 deaths among its 329 million population were matched by 17,166 fatalities among Vietnam’s 97 million citizens.

But Vietnam recorded zero coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday (April 28), the government’s National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control said.

The country has confirmed a minuscule 270 coronavirus cases nationwide, despite sharing a border with China, the initial viral epicenter of the pandemic.

Vietnam’s actual toll could be higher because of the relatively low number of 88,000 coronavirus tests conducted, but it still likely has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.


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