Editorials, Opinion Pieces Examine Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic
New York Times: The Wall That Didn’t Stop the Coronavirus
“…Rounding up undocumented immigrants and shutting down the border is something President Trump has yearned to do since long before the coronavirus began its fateful spread. And his animosity toward undocumented immigrants is affecting the efforts to contain the coronavirus far beyond the border. … These immigrants are particularly at the mercy of the pandemic. They often live in crowded conditions, have little money and no paid sick leave, and so lack the ability to self-quarantine. And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 23 percent of noncitizens lawfully in the country and 45 percent of those who are undocumented lack health insurance. … The coronavirus does not care which passport its human hosts may carry or tongue they speak. Nor does it serve global public health for only American citizens to wash their hands and practice social distancing. Those are best practices that should transcend borders and walls and help us acknowledge our common plight, and humanity” (3/31).
Washington Post: Let health workers have the medical gear. But we should all start covering our faces.
“Early in the coronavirus crisis, many public health officials insisted that masks could not protect the public from covid-19. But that thinking is increasingly in question. People should be encouraged to cover their faces — responsibly. … Until we get a therapy or vaccine for covid-19, the best strategy is to reduce risk. As long as people do not hoard medical supplies or slack off on social distancing, having everyone cover their faces would probably depress risk at least a little bit, and at little cost. It is worth trying” (3/31).
The Atlantic: Protect Dr. Fauci
Peter M. Shane, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II chair in law at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law (4/1).
Bloomberg: China’s Global Influence Operation Goes Way Beyond the WHO
Hal Brands, Bloomberg opinion columnist, Henry Kissinger distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (3/31).
Bloomberg: Food Supply Is the Next Virus Headache
Clara Ferreira Marques, Bloomberg opinion columnist (3/31).
The Conversation: Can mosquitoes spread coronavirus?
Cameron Webb, clinical associate professor and principal hospital scientist at the University of Sydney (3/31).
Daily Star: Covid-19 and the Rohingya refugee crisis
Athena Rayburn, humanitarian advocacy manager at Save the Children (3/31).
Devex: For the global development community, COVID-19 poses big questions
Raj Kumar, founding president and editor-in-chief at Devex (4/1).
Foreign Affairs: When the Pandemic Hits the Most Vulnerable
Robert Malley, president and CEO of the International Crisis Group, and Richard Malley, infectious diseases physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (3/31).
New Humanitarian: A strange new world? Not really
Ken Arnold, Abbie Doran, and Danielle Olsen, all members of the International Cultural Initiatives team at Wellcome (3/31).
New York Times: With the Coronavirus, It’s Again Trump vs. Mother Nature
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist (3/31).
New York Times: How South Korea Solved Its Face Mask Shortage
E. Tammy Kim, contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, author, and editor (4/1).
New York Times: Testing is Just the Beginning in the Battle Against Covid-19
Joshua M. Sharfstein, medical doctor and professor of the practice in health policy and management, and Melissa A. Marx, epidemiologist and assistant professor, both at the Bloomberg School for Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (3/30).
Project Syndicate: Why America Is Losing to COVID-19
William A. Haseltine, scientist, biotech entrepreneur, infectious disease expert, and chair and president of ACCESS Health International (3/31).
Project Syndicate: Ensuring Food Security in the Era of COVID-19
Thanawat Tiensin, chair of the Committee on World Food Security; Agnes Kalibata, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit; and Martin Cole, chair of the Committee on World Food Security High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (4/1).
STAT: Create a cadre of community health workers to fight Covid-19 in the U.S.
Eric Perakslis, Rubenstein fellow at Duke University (3/31).
STAT: We shouldn’t rush to use an unproven malaria drug to treat the coronavirus
Ed Silverman, Pharmalot columnist and senior writer at STAT (3/31).
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Opinion: Power in a pandemic — why energy access matters during coronavirus
Damilola Ogunbiyi, chief executive officer and special representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) (3/31).
Vanity Fair: Hostage Survival Tips for Drs. Fauci and Birx
Frank Figliuzzi, NBC News national security analyst and former FBI assistant director (3/30).
Washington Post: Amid the coronavirus threat, where’s the call to service?
John M. Bridgeland, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the George W. Bush administration, assistant to the president leading the national service and volunteering effort after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and vice chair of Unite, and Timothy P. Shriver, chair of the Special Olympics and Unite (3/31).
Washington Post: Even Andrew Jackson showed more leadership than Donald Trump in a pandemic
Joyce E. Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips professor of early American history at Harvard University (4/1).
Washington Post: Bill Gates: Here’s how to make up for lost time on covid-19
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (3/31).
Washington Post: The U.S. needs to know what went wrong
David Ignatius, columnist at the Washington Post (3/31).
Washington Post: The pandemic is about to devastate the developing world
Brian Klaas, assistant professor of global politics at University College London and author (3/31).
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.