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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mexico Slams Vaccine ‘Hoarding’
Pledges of global vaccine solidarity have been slow to produce results.
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.
Trump Is Guilty of Pandemicide
History will show the former U.S. president was staggeringly negligent during the pandemic’s deadly third wave.
What if Countries That Excel at Vaccinations Still Don’t Achieve Herd Immunity?
Israel emerges as a test case.
Islands of Immunity
Why paranoid island states have done the best when it comes to fighting COVID-19.
Africa’s COVID-19 Denialist-in-Chief
John Magufuli’s coronavirus denialism and refusal of vaccines have put millions of Tanzanians at risk.
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.
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.
In Brazil, QAnon Has a Distinctly Bolsonaro Flavor
A deluge of online conspiracy theories is dividing an already polarized country.
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.
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.
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.