In scramble for coronavirus supplies, rich countries push poor aside

The burial of Wilma Bassuti in São Paulo, Brazil.
Victor Moriyama for The New York Times

Date Published: April 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

As countries across the world work to obtain supplies necessary to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as PPE and reagents required to run tests, scientists and organization officials serving developing countries are sounding the alarm. Due to the scarcity of supplies, prices for these materials have been increasing dramatically, which drastically limits the abilities of these countries and the WHO in getting the necessary supplies to combat the pandemic effectively. This is in addition to some countries imposing export restrictions on medical supplies. These factors compound the already existing health inequities in developing countries. Many countries around the world are relying on widespread testing in their populations to identify and isolate cases to better control the epidemic, but without these resources, already underfunded healthcare systems could be overwhelmed easily.

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Summary by: Vincent Tang