An English language video posted by CGTN, an official Chinese broadcaster, on its YouTube channel, on December 26, 2020, titled: "Christmas Carol 2020: It is a story you have likely heard before" blasts U.S. Covid-19 policy. The animated video follows the lines of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and has a Grinch character lead a sleeping Uncle Sam through several scenes of a bleak Christmas in several spots in American society. Uncle Sam asks: "Am I dead?" The Grinch replies: "Maybe, maybe not yet." According to the video, due to American policy regarding the virus, nursing homes were abandoned by their staff, poor Americans died of the virus due to a lack of medical treatment, and healthcare workers do not have proper PPE and face anti-lockdown protests anti-Chinese slurs. The video concluded with the slogan: "Act before it is too late." See MEMRI TV clips No. 8516, 8410, 8385, and 8262 for more English language CGTN animated videos critical of the United States and its leadership and policies.
News Anchor: "Let's look through the latest. If you look at the 50 state trend map, and bring it up on the wall here. 13 states trending up. That is heading up from the middle of the week when it was just 5 or 6. 13 states heading up... 17 states..."
Grinch: "Merry Christmas."
Uncle Sam: "Hello there, am I dead?"
Grinch: "Maybe, maybe not yet."
Uncle Sam: "What's up with everyone? It's supposed to be Christmas."
Grinch: "Quite Simply. Let me show you some places."
Uncle Sam: "Are they sick? Where are the staff?"
Grinch: "The COVID-19 pandemic spread fast in nursing homes around America. Some staff got infected too. So, a lot of them left. Old people are turned away from hospitals, because there are not enough beds and ventilators for everybody. At least 100,000 people in America have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes. Some of them died alone here. Their families couldn't be with them to say goodbye."
Uncle Sam: "What happened?"
Grinch: "Because you, who weighs everything by gain, want people back to work sooner. You stopped listening to experts after their warnings about virus made the stock market go down. When the lockdown was over, you let your rich friends remove essential workers' hazard pay, and not provide them with protection. Many people lost their jobs. But you and your rich friends are telling people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps because you don't have money to help everyone. The father of this family was one of those 'essential workers.' He had to go to work because he needed to feed his family, and then he got coronavirus. But because you and your friends don't care about poor people, he couldn't afford to go to the doctor. His illness got worse and he passed away at home. So, no Christmas for this family."
Uncle Sam: "What's wrong with her?"
Grinch: "Her N95 mask is the same one from last week. Some nurses even wear binbags as protective suits. On her way to work, the nurse ran into a group of anti-lockdown protesters. They are refusing to wear face masks in public. Some of them even say the virus is fake! For the medical workers, all this is just heartbreaking. They are working day and night to save lives. They are putting their own health at risk. Many of them are worried about their families back home. Some patients shouted 'Chinese virus' at that Asian doctor, because you blame China for the pandemic. That's not all. In the U.S., over 1.6 million children are positive of the virus and minorities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Black people are twice likely to die from COVID-19 than white people. Less than one fifth of Latino workers can work from home. Most of them live in large families. Entire families are at risk of infection. At least 330,000 people in the United States have died from Covid-19, according Johns Hopkins University. The devastating number prove the pandemic is still far from over.
"Act before it's too late."