The United States has turned in arguably the worst pandemic containment performance of any rich country in the world. A few others have higher death rates, but the higher density and older populations of Belgium and Italy made them more inherently vulnerable — and even extremely poor performers like the U.K. are at least trying to maintain some kind of lockdown while the vaccine is being rolled out. Nothing like that is on the agenda here. Indeed, America never actually locked down at all by any reasonable standard.
But to my considerable surprise, the actual delivery of vaccines is going rather well in the U.S.