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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Support For Venezuela, Region

U.S. Department of State: United States Provides Additional Assistance for the Crisis in Venezuela and the Region In a release, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced additional funding for the crisis in Venezuela. Pompeo states, “We are providing more than $200 million in additional assistance from the State…

Australia Diverting Foreign Aid To Support Pacific Countries Impacted By COVID-19, Cyclone; WHO Says Russian Cases Stabilizing; Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes Threatened; U.N. Appeals For Cross-Border Aid In Syria

AFRICA The Guardian: ‘We can’t turn them away’: the family kitchen fighting lockdown hunger in Zimbabwe (Chingono, 5/20). The Guardian: Tanzania’s president shrugs off Covid-19 risk after sending fruit for ‘tests’ (Beaumont, 5/19). U.N. News: Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges U.N. chief (5/20). U.N. News: ‘Alarming’…

African Nations Lack Sufficient Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits; India, Bangladesh Prepare For Cyclone Amid Social Distancing; Hospitals Overwhelmed In Brazil, Impacting Health Workers; Pandemic Could Worsen Mental Health Crisis In U.S.

AFRICA New Humanitarian: African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need (Zhu, 5/18). Reuters: Sudan extends lockdown in Khartoum state by two weeks: SUNA (Abdelaziz/Hassan, 5/18). Reuters: Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes (Dzirutwe, 5/18). Reuters: Africa backs WHO, needs help with debt relief, supplies:…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Response, Including Potential Impact On Governments

Barron’s: The Pentagon Is Leading an Effort to Find a Vaccine. It’s a Mistake Charles Kenny, senior fellow and director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development (5/17). Bloomberg: Coronavirus Unmasks El Salvador’s Authoritarian-in-Waiting Mac Margolis, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (5/15). CNN: Covid-19 offers a chance to build…

Blogs, Statements, Letters Address Various Issues Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

BMJ Opinion: Patients in Pakistan are actively participating in relief activities during the covid-19 pandemic Hussain Jafri, vice chair of the Advisory Group of the WHO PFPS program (5/12). Center for Global Development: The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Disrupted and Suspended Health Services Lydia Regan, research assistant, and Y-Ling…

Social Stigma Hurting COVID-19 Containment Efforts In Asia; Russia Records 2nd-Highest Caseload Globally; Cuba Enters Race For Vaccine; Experts Warn Of Case Undercounting In Yemen

AFRICA Al Jazeera: Is COVID-19 making it harder to treat other diseases in Africa? (5/12). AP: COVID-19 confirmed in crowded U.N.-run camp in South Sudan (Ajak/Anna, 5/12). Scientific American: Antipoaching Tech Tracks COVID-19 Flare-Ups in South Africa (Wild, 5/12). U.N. News: Chad’s storytellers take COVID prevention messages off the grid…

U.N. Agency Statements, Blog Posts Address Various Issues Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

Borgen Magazine: Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Needed on a Global Scale Sara Olk, writer for the Borgen Project (5/11). Center for Global Development: Economic Perspectives in Latin America: Navigating the Great Lockdown Alejandro Fiorito, research assistant at CGD (5/11). Center for Global Development: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 around the…

China Plans To Test All Wuhan Residents For Novel Coronavirus After Disease Resurgence; African Researchers Push For Funding, Developing Diagnostic Test; Europe Fears Second Wave; Navajo Nation In U.S. Hit Hard

AFRICA AP: Cape Town and its province are South Africa’s virus hotspot (Magome, 5/11). Eurasia Review: Dearth Of Medical Resources in Africa For COVID-19 Reminiscent Of Early HIV/AIDS Pandemic (5/10). Financial Times: Mystery deaths in Nigeria provoke fear of unrecorded coronavirus surge (Munshi, 5/12). The Guardian: ‘We depend on God’:…