The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented health crisis with consequences felt worldwide. While every country was impacted, each leader had a different response resulting in different consequences per nation. This paper evaluates the responses of three countries' leaders to the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to COVID-19-related deaths. The countries analyzed are New Zealand, Brazil, and the United States. New Zealand's Prime Minister's response was characterized as proactive and strict. Under the leadership of Bolsonaro, Brazil ignored the magnitude of the pandemic, leading to a lack of a cohesive national plan. The United States, led by President Trump, responded with a lack of leadership and a unified plan. This paper aims to evaluate the leaders' approaches to the pandemic, investigate larger ramifications on systems of government, and intends to be used as a guide for leaders' responses to future pandemics.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
Rumisek, Kate, "The Impact of Countries' Leaders' Responses on COVID-19 Deaths" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1457.