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Crisis Responses

COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and diagnostics need to be available for the people who need them most. This will end the pandemic sooner, for everyone.
Today, access to COVID-19 vaccines is limited by political and commercial interests and restricted further by purchase agreements struck by wealthy countries.

With US and NATO forces withdrawing from the country, Afghan forces and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan—also known as the Taliban—have been fighting for territory in clashes have claimed thousands of lives while crippling public infrastructure. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took control of the country in August 2021. 

India has suffered a particularly severe second wave of COVID-19, with more than 400,000 new infections registered on a single day—the highest ever daily count recorded globally. Since 30 January 2020, the country has accounted for 17 per cent of the world’s COVID-19 cases and almost 10 per cent of the global coronavirus related deaths. Having started in March 2021, the 2nd wave in India is currently declining, although underreporting and access to testing affect the reliability of data and epidemiological trends can vary significantly from one place to another.

Until early 2021, Papua New Guinea had been largely spared of any major COVID-19 outbreak. But with confirmed COVID-19 cases tripling in March and increasing numbers of healthcare staff testing positive, the situation has become dire. 

At Rita Flynn hospital in Port Moresby, where MSF is responding, almost 40 per cent of people getting tested are testing positive for COVID-19. 

More than a year 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 has led to the unmitigated spread of COVID-19, killing Brazilians in their thousands. As of June, more than 500,000 people in Brazil have died from COVID-19.

For many Rohingya refugees, the situation feels hopeless, as they continue to live in overcrowded, basic conditions, dealing with outbreaks of disease, and struggling with the traumas of all they have endured. 

Asylum seekers and refugees have been held on Nauru and Papua New Guinea since July 2013, with still no end in sight. They have faced years of various forms of detention, uncertainty about the future and a lack of control over even the basic details of their lives. 

Since early November 2020, the terrible violence across Tigray has forced people to leave their homes once again for precarious living situations both within Tigray and across the border in Sudan. An estimated 1.3 million people are in need of assistance.