MEASUREMENTS GONE AWRY: MORE PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS, WORSE PANDEMIC OUTCOMES
In 2019, the Gates Foundation created a metric to measure a country’s level of pandemic preparedness, called the Global Health Security Index. In 2020, an actual pandemic, COVID-19, started.
However, the observed correlations with the COVID-19 death rate suggests the preparedness measures did not capture what they claimed to: a higher preparedness score is associated with more deaths per person from an actual pandemic.
The U.S. had the highest GHS Index, meaning they were allegedly most prepared, followed by the U.K. But both have relatively high deaths per capita.
The data suggest that conventional measures of pandemic preparedness may not predict outcomes during a pandemic as well as some seem to believe.