Addressing COVID-19 in resource-poor and fragile countries

A couple wearing protective face masks walk along the Villa 31 slum, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

Responding to the coronavirus as individuals, society, and governments is challenging enough in the United States and other developed countries with modern infrastructure and stable systems, but what happens when a pandemic strikes poor and unstable countries that have few hospitals, lack reliable electricity, water, and food supplies, don’t have refrigeration, and suffer from social and political violence?

To explore these scenarios and talk about policy solutions during the coronavirus pandemic, Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, talks with Paul Wise, a medical doctor and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of pediatrics at Stanford Hospital.

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