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This claim's been around a bit, e.g. this source, this source, this source. The countries named are Germany, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Taiwan, Norway.

I'm wondering if this claim cherry-picks the data. In particular, I'm aware of some countries with male leaders that've been successful (South Korea, Slovenia, Vietnam), as well as some with female leaders that have not been so successful (ironically, Belgium, as well as Bangladesh). One of the sources (the one written by Amanda Taub for the NYT) also uses the death rate to justify the claim, in which case Russia (which has a male leader) is doing very well.

Has there been any study using the entirety of the data that backs up this claim?

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    It would be better to wait until the pandemia is over before investigating which approach was most successful... – Modus Tollens May 19 at 12:45
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    The fact Belgium is on the list is a bit strange as they are the leading country when you look at deaths/100k inhabitants... – Aserre May 19 at 13:39
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    Another data point would be Czechia: predominantly male government, very low infection rate as well as mortality. – John Dvorak May 19 at 16:26
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    The reporting from many countries is also inconsistent. I sincerely doubt the veracity of the death count in Russia for instance, and sadly, even in the US. – Larian LeQuella May 19 at 19:27
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    New Zealand, Iceland, and Taiwan are island countries that are somewhat isolated by distance (New Zealand and Iceland) or hatred by mainland China (Taiwan). Extremely isolated male-led island countries have fared even better against the disease, as have many isolated male-led African nations. – David Hammen May 19 at 23:30

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