What are the totals like now for most countries? Which countries have actually managed to keep the virus at bay? It looks like the west is somewhat equally screwed.
You can check all the totals here
Top 5, cases / deaths
USA 22.5 million / 379K
India 10.5 million / 151K
Brazil 8.0 million / 202K
Russia 3.4 million / 61K
UK 3.0 million / 81K
Vietnam is doing really well for its size, only 1500 cases and 35 deaths on a population of 96 million.
Their strategy obviously works, if it's one you would want to live in is a different question
Yet there are parallels with New Zealand and Taiwam
Other countries, such as Taiwan and New Zealand, have likewise been remarkably successful in cultivating high levels of social cohesion, which helped to keep the pandemic at bay. No matter what the means are, it is clear that those who stay united manage to persevere in the face of the hardest situations.
Clear and consistent messaging bordering on indoctrination together with strong social cohesion is what works. Shouting fake news and standing up for your rights not to wear a mask, does not help.