Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
The Lancet: COVID-19: learning from experience
“…[M]any countries are still not following WHO’s clear recommendations on containment (widespread testing, quarantine of cases, contact tracing, and social distancing) and have instead implemented haphazard measures … Alongside the deep distress felt as many countries experience a peak in cases or brace for it, there is also a growing understanding about the importance of the collective and community. Europe and the USA have shown that putting off preparation, in either the hope of containment elsewhere or a mood of fatality, is not effective. It is imperative that the global community takes advantage of this spirit of cooperation to avoid repeating this error in more vulnerable countries. WHO has provided consistent, clear, and evidence-based recommendations; communicated effectively; and navigated difficult political situations shrewdly. The world is not lacking effective global leadership. The central role played by WHO in coordinating the global response must continue, and countries and donors need to support WHO in these efforts” (3/28).
Washington Post: Rich nations must help coronavirus disaster zones. It’s crucial to ending the pandemic.
“Bad as it has been, the damage the covid-19 epidemic is inflicting on the United States and Europe could soon be overtaken by catastrophes in poorer and more distressed parts of the world. In areas of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, escaping the new coronavirus through social distancing or even hand-washing will not be an option — and obtaining treatment from health care services will be next to impossible. The result could be staggering death tolls, major social disruptions and new waves of refugees headed for the United States and Europe. … [U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres] unveiled a response plan put together by the World Health Organization and U.N. humanitarian agencies as well as nongovernment groups. The $2 billion in funding they are seeking would provide tests, supplies for medical workers, and water and sanitation to places that now lack it. The requested resources, the secretary general pointed out, are a drop in the bucket compared with what Western governments are spending on their own citizens. But they are critical to defeating the disease” (3/26).
Washington Post: Trump can’t fix the ventilator problem. But right now, he’s not even managing it.
“Ventilators are the most critical device that can save lives in the struggle against the coronavirus. They are also the scarcest. No international authority governs the global allocation of ventilators; in the United States, no federal agency can satisfy any state’s full demand for the devices. For now, there is only chaotic scrounging…” (3/26).
The Atlantic: The Pandemic Has Grounded Humankind
Marina Koren, staff writer at the Atlantic (3/26).
Bloomberg: Why Our Leaders Fail to Learn Pandemic Lessons
Clara Ferreira Marques, Bloomberg opinion columnist (3/25).
Devex: Opinion: Global health security depends on women
Roopa Dhatt, executive director and co-founder of Women in Global Health, practicing internal medicine physician, implementing partner and steering committee member of the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference, and member of the Advisory Council of Global Health 50-50 (3/27).
Foreign Policy: How China is Exploiting the Coronavirus to Weaken Democracies
Peter Rough, fellow at the Hudson Institute (3/25).
Foreign Policy: Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus
Landry Signé, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018 (3/26).
The Hill: Secretary Azar: use the truth to help save us from the coronavirus
Erica Newland, counsel at Protect Democracy (3/26).
IPS: Coronavirus Worsens Yemen’s Long Tale of Woe
Abdul Mohammed, humanitarian worker for Oxfam Yemen (3/26).
New York Times: What India Needs to Fight the Virus
Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy in Washington and senior research scholar at Princeton (3/27).
New York Times: The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals
Katherine Stewart, author (3/27).
Project Syndicate: The Trump Administration’s Epic COVID-19 Failure
J. Bradford DeLong, professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (3/26).
Project Syndicate: The ‘Invisibles’ in the Pandemic
Tim Dixon and Mathieu Lefèvre, co-founders of More in Common (3/26).
Project Syndicate: China’s Misplaced Pandemic Propaganda
Minxin Pei, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (3/26).
Science Magazine: COVID-19 needs a Manhattan Project
Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (3/27).
Scientific American: Anthony Fauci Shows Us the Right Way to Be an Expert
Gregory E. Kaebnick, scholar at the Hastings Center and editor of Hastings Center Report (3/26).
Scientific American: For Budding Researchers like Me, COVID-19 Is a Lesson in Science Communication
Adeline Williams, Ph.D. student in the microbiology department at Colorado State University studying mosquitoes genetically modified to be resistant to viral infection (3/26).
STAT: Covid-19 hasn’t yet hit India in a widespread way. But I saw more warnings there than I did in the U.S.
Shraddha Chakradhar, reporter and STAT Morning Rounds writer (3/27).
STAT: A CDC veteran asks: Why is the agency ‘sitting on the sidelines’ in the fight against Covid-19?
Pierre E. Rollin, retired epidemiology team lead of the Viral Special Pathogens branch at CDC (3/26).
Washington Post: America’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package ignores the rest of the world
Josh Rogin, columnist for the Global Opinions section at the Washington Post (3/26).
Washington Post: My hometown showed us how a pandemic begins. Could it also show us how one ends?
Xinyan Yu, journalist from Wuhan (3/26).
The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.