COVID-19 taught Canada a costly lesson — that early border closures can work

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

This year has given new meaning to the old expression “hindsight is 2020.” Three months ago, Canada’s government closed the land border with the U.S. just days after closing its airports to international flights — a move that followed weeks of government assurances that border closures to limit the spread of the pandemic don’t work. As the U.S. experience has shown, money and power provide little protection against the pandemic unless there is a competent government to harness them. Some of the world’s worst-hit countries have issues of citizen mistrust, government dysfunction, corruption, inefficiency or partisan gridlock (Italy, the United States, Brazil and Russia).