I have a friend who’s been living in Uganda for the past few years. He’s been ready to come back to U.S. for a few months, but he’s currently waiting out the American Covid scourge. Things have gone relatively well in Uganda where the country locked down immediately, mask-wearing was nearly universal, and businesses re-opened last July. This comparison follows a pretty clear trend. The countries that figured they were best situated to manage a global pandemic have performed poorly, while many that started with a health care deficit have done quite well. David Wallace-Wells in NY Mag: How the West Lost COVID. (2020 was a good year to bet the underdog.)