Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

New York Times: Call It ‘Coronavirus’
Editorial Board

“…Once again, a mysterious, fast-spreading and sometimes lethal disease is exacerbating racism and hatred … As the coronavirus has spread from its beachhead in Wuhan, China, old anti-Asian prejudices have spread with it … A time of great fear and danger requires solidarity, humanity, sacrifice, and hope, and not hysteria or hatred. That should be the message of the world’s political, social, religious, and corporate leaders as they race to find ways to cope with the lethal virus. … It is more than unfortunate, then, that President Trump, some members of his cabinet, and some conservative politicians have opted to fan the bigotry by deliberately using the term ‘Wuhan virus’ or ‘Chinese virus.’ … The xenophobia and prejudices that result from naming new infectious diseases after places, people, or animals are the reasons the World Health Organization has urged against doing so, and instead using generic descriptive terms like ‘coronavirus.’ … In the end, though, the anti-Asian hatreds spread by the coronavirus are not solely the product of politics, but of the deep fears that have always accompanied the outbreak of lethal pathogens. It is for all Americans to try, in whatever ways they can, to remain united and compassionate as the disease invades all facets of our lives” (3/23).

Washington Post: The coronavirus pandemic may mark a decline in U.S. leadership
Editorial Board

“The COVID-19 epidemic is inflicting grievous damage on American lives and the economy. It may also mark a decline in U.S. leadership in the world. … The cause is straightforward: President Trump has abdicated the role played by U.S. presidents in every previous global crisis of the past century, which is to step forward to offer remedies, support other nations, and coordinate multilateral responses. … Mr. Trump’s principal engagement with the world since the novel coronavirus began spreading internationally has been to shut down travel between the United States and other nations. … Mr. Trump is trying to place blame for the pandemic on China by childishly referring to the ‘Chinese virus.’ But he has opened the way for the Xi regime to cast itself as the new global leader filling the shoes of the United States. … If so, Mr. Trump will bear responsibility for more than a slow and bumbling response to the epidemic at home; he will have presided over the eclipse of the United States as the world’s convening power” (3/23).

China.org.cn: Xinhua Commentary: A call for global action for common health
Shi Xiaomeng, journalist with Xinhua (3/23).

The Conversation: Coronavirus vaccine must be affordable and accessible
Jason Nickerson, humanitarian affairs adviser at L’UniversitĂ© d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa (3/23).

The Conversation: Pandemics act on social fault lines: lessons for COVID-19 from HIV and AIDS
Carla Tsampiras, senior lecturer in medical and health humanities at the University of Cape Town (3/23).

Devex: Opinion: How debt burdens could cripple Africa’s COVID-19 response
David Archer, head of participation and public services at ActionAid, co-founder of the Global Campaign for Education, chair of the Board of the Right to Education Initiative, and chair of the Strategy and Impact Committee of the Global Partnership for Education (3/24).

Devex: Opinion: How to advocate effectively in the age of COVID-19
Donna Bowater, senior associate at Marchmont Communications (3/23).

Foreign Affairs: The Coronavirus Is Exacerbating Sectarian Tensions in the Middle East
Toby Matthiesen, senior research fellow in international relations of the Middle East at the University of Oxford (3/23).

Foreign Policy: Without Mass Testing, the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep Spreading
Devi Sridhar, professor and chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh (3/23).

Global Health NOW: COVID-19’s Painful Lesson in Leadership
Steven M. Lieberman, nonresident fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution (3/22).

The Hill: Blunting a global pandemic: An open memo to the new head of USAID
R. David Harden, managing director of the Georgetown Strategy Group (3/23).

The Hill: A scarcity of life-saving resources during COVID-19 pandemic
Monica Schoch-Spana, medical anthropologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (3/22).

IPS: Fighting Coronavirus: It’s Time to Invest in Universal Public Health
Isabel Ortiz, director of the Global Social Justice Program at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, and Thomas Stubbs, senior lecturer in international relations at Royal Holloway at the University of London and research associate in political economy at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge (3/23).

New Yorker: Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health Care Workers
Atul Gawande, surgeon, public health researcher, and staff writer at the New Yorker (3/21).

New York Times: Fourteen Days. That’s the Most Time We Have to Defeat Coronavirus
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania (3/23).

New York Times: How Trump Sanctions on Iran Will Worsen the Pandemic
Narges Bajoghli, assistant professor of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University and author, and Mahsa Rouhi, research fellow at the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Policy program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (3/24).

New York Times: Mexico, the Coronavirus and the Hugging President
Ioan Grillo, contributing opinion writer at the New York Times and author (3/23).

New York Times: Letters to the Editor: The Wrong Way to Fight Coronavirus
Sten H. Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health, and colleagues (3/23).

POLITICO Magazine: No, Coronavirus Isn’t Proof We Need Socialism
Bill Scher, contributing editor to POLITICO Magazine and co-host of the Bloggingheads.tv show ‘The DMZ’ (3/24).

Project Syndicate: Flattening the COVID-19 Curve in Developing Countries
Ricardo Hausmann, professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director of the Harvard Growth Lab (3/24).

STAT: Antibiotic resistance: the hidden threat lurking behind Covid-19
Julie L. Gerberding, chief patient officer and executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy, and population health at Merck (3/23).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: Coronavirus and the least developed countries
Alpaslan Ozerdem, dean of George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (3/23).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: What the fight against tuberculosis can teach us about fighting COVID-19
Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (3/23).

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