Not helping poor nations fight Covid-19 is shooting ourselves in ...

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Not helping poor nations fight Covid-19 is shooting ourselves in the foot

Leave it to spread freely in already compromised countries and the virus will circle back around the globe

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Mark Lowcock

To stop the Covid-19 pandemic, countries need to look beyond their own borders. The virus is reaching places where people live in warzones, cannot easily get their hands on clean water and soap, and have no hope of a hospital bed if they fall critically ill.

If wealthy countries with strong health systems are buckling under the pressure of Covid-19 outbreaks, imagine what will happen in countries in the midst of deep humanitarian crises caused by war, natural disasters and climate change.

If we leave coronavirus to spread freely in these places we will be placing millions at high risk, whole regions will be tipped into chaos, and the virus will have the opportunity to circle back around the globe...

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