How Germany Is A COVID Failure

The incredibly low bar for white people


Sadly, I’ve had to update this because Germany now has 8,000 dead. Vietnam still has zero. Who’s the leader?

Germany has more COVID-19 deaths than Iran but is still held up as an example of great coronavirus management. It’s really not. It’s just structural racism. The western world desperately needs a great white hope, and Germany is it.

Germany has over 150,000 confirmed cases and over 5,500 deaths. Vietnam — a country with a similar population, far less wealth, and a land border with China — has 268 cases and 0 deaths. Not a few deaths, ZERO. That’s what success in fighting coronavirus looks like, and it’s not Germany. Vietnam, however, is not white people, therefore they don’t count. Did you know Angela Merkel was a scientist?

Update: I’ve sadly had to update this just a few weeks later. Germany now has over 175,000 confirmed cases and 8,000 dead. Vietnam has just 56 more cases and still zero dead.

If you read the western press, truly successful countries like Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan are only held up as oriental curiosities, never as just human nations that could be learned from. They might as well be on Mars.

Instead, we get coverage of how well Angela Merkel speaks, all while studiously ignoring the horrific death toll in her country. Iran was covered as if it was completely falling apart, and yet the death toll there is almost exactly the same. What gives?

The western world still cannot understand that it has collapsed. Not in part, not just Trump, the whole rotten edifice has fallen down. Instead, they just grade themselves on a whites-only curve. Italy, France, and the UK have completely failed and America is telling people to drink bleach, so Germany is head of the class.

But in global terms, they’re still near the bottom. For all the science background of Merkel, all the wealth and manufacturing capability of Germany, by any objective measure they have failed. East Asian countries have limited their deaths to the hundreds. Many have suppressed the virus completely. That’s the global standard if you include non-white people. And it’s not some great oriental mystery. You don’t need to climb up to some mountain temple and study at the feet of a monk. It’s just boring old governance, much of it copied from the west.



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at