Wow, you don't say. Thanks for clearing that up.
Your comment "Mask mandates seem to be fairly universal,.." suggested to me that you trust medics (if not the politicians) that these measures are merited.
Well then you are more irrational than I had previously imagined. It has nothing to do with with whether or not I "trust medics". It's evidence against the idea that the policies are rooted in US-led western elite "nefarious" objectives. That was the point under discussion and which I was specifically referring to.
Many countries also look at what the West is doing and follow that example, expecting that they presumably know what they're doing.
Yes, I'm sure leaders in Cuba, Russia and China just ignore their own epidemiologists, immunologists, virologists and public health experts and say to themselves, well let's just wait and see what Covid policies are emanating from Washington and London, they seem to have it all figured out.
You really have some fantastical and delusional notions about how the world works.