Developing countries hit by COVID-19 are struggling — and unlike the US, many can’t just pass a stimulus package. Now, help is available in the form of billions of dollars. And the aid isn’t just for governments: It will also go to private companies.
Despite efforts to ramp up testing for COVID-19, gaps persist in assessing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Those gaps are worsened by a stressed global medical supply chain. The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
In the Gaza Strip, roughly 2 million Palestinians are squeezed into a small territory. And though there have been few reported cases of the coronavirus, experts worry Israel's years-long blockade has left the territory ill-equipped to handle the outbreak.
In Spain, one in seven cases of the coronavirus is a health worker. Without sufficient protective gear, those on the frontlines feel abandoned by the government and hospital authorities.
As confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pass 800,000, German researchers are working to track who is immune to the virus and how that could get some people back to work. Also, refugee resettlement has been suspended due to the pandemic, leaving many in limbo. And, are international calls to lay down arms being heard? Coachella and Glastonbury are canceled, but one arts festival is embracing the opportunity to connect across the globe — via the internet.
Amid shortages of medical supplies, doctors and nurses in the US are already grappling with hard choices on who will get critical care such as ventilators and ICU beds. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, co-author of a new study on rationing medical care, speaks with The World's host Marco Werman.
International organizations such as the UN and the Arab League have called for warring parties across the globe to put down their guns so that locals can deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But are their calls being heard?