Health

Workers pack syringes at the Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices factory in Faridabad, India, on Sept. 2, 2020.

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production

U.S. and European COVID-19 shots aren’t enough. It is time to tap into Africa, Asia, and Latin America’s enormous production capacity.

Commuters sleep while waiting for the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to open to cross to the United States from Tijuana, Mexico

The Human Cost of Endless Pandemic Border Closures

One year after the world declared borders shut, there is still no plan to reduce the toll on millions of lives.

A doctor receives a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Quetta, Pakistan, on Feb. 3.

Doctors Struggle to Convince Pakistanis to Get Their Vaccine Shot

The country has too few shots, a stubborn public, and little experience—but the program may still work.

South African trial volunteers wait for a potential vaccine against COVID-19

Don’t Let Drug Companies Create a System of Vaccine Apartheid

To avoid repeating the pitfalls of the HIV/AIDS crisis, governments and the WTO must make COVID-19 vaccination a public good by temporarily waiving intellectual property rights and compelling emergency production.

A Palestinian man and his wife ride a donkey cart past street art showing doctors wearing masks due to the COVID-19  pandemic in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza Strip, on Nov. 16, 2020.

Countries Are Ramping Up Vaccinations. What About Refugees?

With millions stranded in camps with limited access to shots, there’s a big problem looming in the world’s quest to quash COVID-19.

Dr. Silvia Gelvez makes a heart with her hands as she waits to be vaccinated against COVID-19 during the first days of Colombia’s vaccination campaign in Bogotá, on Feb. 18.

Mexico Slams Vaccine ‘Hoarding’

Pledges of global vaccine solidarity have been slow to produce results.

Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.

U.S. Leaders Forgot the Lessons of the AIDS Crisis by Not Doing the Reading

Literature’s power to illuminate otherness makes it critical to leadership.

Donald Trump removes his mask upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Oct. 5 Washington.

Trump Is Guilty of Pandemicide

History will show the former U.S. president was staggeringly negligent during the pandemic’s deadly third wave.

An aerial view of Gili Trawangan island near Lombok Island, Indonesia.

Islands of Immunity

Why paranoid island states have done the best when it comes to fighting COVID-19.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli speaks in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29, 2020.

Africa’s COVID-19 Denialist-in-Chief

John Magufuli’s coronavirus denialism and refusal of vaccines have put millions of Tanzanians at risk.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.

An elderly woman looks out from her window in Barcelona, Spain, on April 26, 2020.

How the Pandemic Made the ‘Last Acceptable Prejudice’ Worse

Ageism has colored the response to COVID-19 and is setting everyone up for a more difficult economic recovery.

A Brazilian demonstrator takes part in a protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in São Paulo on Dec. 22, 2020.

In Brazil, QAnon Has a Distinctly Bolsonaro Flavor

A deluge of online conspiracy theories is dividing an already polarized country.

A patient sits on a bench in front of a coronavirus-inspired mural in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, on Feb. 1.

Stethoscope Diplomacy in the Middle East

Health care initiatives could be the key to rebuilding U.S. influence in the region—and healthier economies and societies for the region’s citizens.

A teacher prepares a lesson with a cellphone on the first day of online classes in an empty classroom in Seoul, on April 9, 2020.

Did Big Tech Save the World From an Even Bigger Economic Meltdown?

It helped, but the countries that fared best had other factors at play.

People in a migrant village on the outskirts of Beijing on June 20, 2017.

China Will Run Out of Growth if It Doesn’t Fix Its Rural Crisis

No country with China’s vast education and public health problems has ever broken out of the ranks of middle-income countries.

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