COVID-19 Pandemic National Case Studies

While the COVID-19 pandemic national case studies were begun at the Rounding the Earth substack, users are encouraged to continue to compile and summarize.

This is a quick 2-minute march through the pre- and post-vaccine rollout deaths in forty countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.


Central Africa


Southern Africa

South Africa

South Africa's Tale of COVID-19 Medicine

December 22, 2021: In this Unherd interview, Brian Pottinger, former publisher and editor of the South Africa Sunday Times, discusses the large-scale vaccine hesitancy in South Africa. They are at around 40% vaccinated, and the programme has come to “a screeching halt”, leaving the government with warehouses full of does about to expire. The fragility of South Africa and the relatively recent apartheid history makes the prospect of vaccine passports, or mandatory vaccinations, a very fraught decision.

December 23, 2021: Guidance is issued by the South African Department of Heath that essentially brings to an end all contact tracing, all quarantine measures, and isolation for the asymptomatic (even if they test positive).1)

December 30, 2021: The above is reversed, following an outcry, and (possibly) international pressure. Well, that didn't last long!2)


Middle East



Southeast Asia




Mixed messages as the narrative starts to shift (collapse?).

Western Europe


Freddie Sayers (Unherd) visits Austria in November 2021, just after mandatory lockdown / house arrest was introduced for those who have not been vaccinated, which is around one-third of the entire population.

Here is a recommended Covid dashboard for Austria.


Professor Ehud Qimron, head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tel Aviv University and one of the leading Israeli immunologists, has written an open letter sharply criticizing the Israeli – and indeed global – management of the coronavirus pandemic. “Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure”3)

Eastern Europe




Anders Tegnell talks about the Swedish non-lockdown model in September 2021.


Alex Berenson delves into the Danish data and finds, potentially, that…“Omicron - which continues to appear significantly less dangerous though more transmissible than earlier variants of Covid - has been used as a cover for vaccine failure.”

North America

Central America

Costa Rica


On December 30, 2021, the Calgary Herald carried a story regarding a major Covid-19 outbreak in a research station in Antarctica. All 25 researchers were fully vaccinated and one had a booster shot. Before leaving for the station, they had PCR tests in Belgium two hours before flying to South Africa. In Cape Town they quarantined for 10 days and took another PCR test. A further test was needed when leaving for Antarctica and a final one five days after that. Despite all these measures, two thirds later tested positive for the virus. How???

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