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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.  

A deadly second wave of coronavirus in India has devasted the healthcare system and is overwhelming the ability of health workers to respond to the crisis. The situation is dire, with more than 400,000 new infections registered on a single day—the highest ever daily count recorded globally. 

Until March 2021, Papua New Guinea had been largely spared of any major COVID-19 outbreak. But with confirmed COVID-19 cases tripling in recent weeks 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. We expect to see more severe cases in coming weeks. 

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.

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.