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Brazil: Failed COVID-19 response drives Brazil to humanitarian catastrophe

More than 12 months into Brazil’s COVID-19 emergency, there is still no effective, centralised and coordinated public health response to the outbreak. The lack of political will to adequately respond to the pandemic is killing Brazilians in their thousands. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)...

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Palestine: Vaccines urgently needed as Palestine struggles under surge of COVID-19

Since February, another heavy wave of COVID-19 has swept through the West Bank, Palestine. Over 20,000 patients are currently being treated for the new coronavirus, adding further pressure to an already fragile healthcare system, and leaving medical staff struggling to provide adequate care. Both...

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A year of a pandemic: our response to COVID-19 in pictures

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic. Since January 2020, MSF teams around the world have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, in both countries where we've previously worked,...

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Iraq: Severe COVID-19 patients in Iraq “were almost sure to die”

At the end of July 2020 in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, something strange started happening. In hospitals across the city, the doctors and nurses sweating in the Iraqi summer heat noticed that while their COVID-19 intensive care units were ever full, the...

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Brazil: COVID-19 disaster unfolding in Amazon

MSF teams struggle to keep up as COVID-19 cases surge, health system collapses NEW YORK/RIO DE JANEIRO —The descent into a second COVID-19 catastrophe in Brazil’s Amazon region is now unfolding in the Amazonas State capital, Manaus, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors...

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Afghanistan: Keeping an eye on COVID-19 cases in Herat

Due to an increase in the number of people with severe COVID-19 in Herat, western Afghanistan, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) COVID-19 treatment centre in Gazer Ga reopened on 2 December 2020. The centre reopened to support the Ministry of Public...

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The knock-on effects of COVID-19

From Latin America to Africa and from Asia to Europe, the pandemic has cost millions of lives. At the same time, it has affected people’s ability to access essential health services. In many places, the devastating knock-on effects of the...

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COVID-19: Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can only be scaled up globally if many more suppliers can produce

Geneva – As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) starts meeting today and later this month to discuss emergency use authorisation of both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns that any eventual...

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Responding to COVID-19: Global Accountability Report 2 – June to August 2020

This report is the second of the accountability reports MSF is producing on our COVID-19 response. Read also the first report, covering the period March - May 2020.The COVID-19 global health crisis continues to hold the world firmly in its grip. In...

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MSF: Governments must demand pharma make all COVID-19 vaccine licensing deals public

Terms of a deal disclosed show that we cannot rely on pharma’s goodwill to do the right thing, even in a pandemic. Geneva, 11 November 2020 – After the worrying terms of a deal struck between pharmaceutical corporation AstraZeneca and...

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Syria: Dozens of people treated following an airstrike in Idlib

On the morning of Monday 26 October, an airstrike hit an area in the north of Idlib governorate, northwest Syria. Local media outlets have reported more than 75 deaths and another 135 injured so far. The vast majority of the...

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Iraq: COVID-19 outbreak in Baghdad is “very alarming”

The COVID-19 pandemic has become very alarming in Iraq, with the country currently reporting close to 4,000 new cases every day and around 500 deaths a week. Over the past month alone, more than 100,000 cases have been identified in the country. And...

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