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The World Needs a New Marshall Plan

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04.08.2021

As the world enters a new – and potentially more deadly – phase of the pandemic, politicians must do more than only grapple with how to handle the public health crisis. People everywhere having become fatigued with illness, incessant surges, lockdowns and financial distress, and they are now beginning to express their discontent in the streets. Already, we have seen masses in Brazil, Cuba, South Africa and more recently Malaysia gather in protest demanding political change. The unrest will become more widespread, and much worse, before it gets better.

The reason for this is in plain sight. A relatively much smaller access to vaccines compared to the developed world means less affluent countries will suffer from COVID-19 much longer than North America and Europe. In developing countries the average vaccination rate is below 20 percent, and in many poorer African countries the average rate is less than 5 percent. In low-income countries the overall vaccination rate is an astonishingly low 1.1 percent.

As just one example of what this means in terms of getting these countries fully vaccinated, one commentary from Venezuela noted that if the current rate of getting locals fully vaccinated is not accelerated, it will take another decade to achieve the task. In other words,........

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