When novel coronavirus cases began to skyrocket in China and slowly emerged in Europe, the WHO persistently reassured the global community that there was no need for concern and that there was no concrete evidence of human-to-human transmission.
China’s Huawei was struggling to secure a chance to bid for Brazil’s new 5G network, but Brazil’s dire need for vaccines might give China a new advantage.
Existing on the edge of brinkmanship over multiple subjects of global contention, China and the West now see the COVID vaccine as a crucial leverage. After more than 142 million confirmed cases and over 3 million deaths worldwide, the key to ending the pandemic has become a weapon itself.
New Zealand acted early and aggressively, and it paid off. However, one subset of the population was hit especially hard: the Indigenous Māori community.
While the vaccines are a solution for the scientific community, they have equally raised many problems. The diversity among groups that are hesitant to be vaccinated leaves public health leaders wondering how to address all of their concerns.
Perhaps nothing represents the political, ethnic, and economic duality of the West Bank better than Israel’s dissemination of the COVID vaccine, which has strictly prioritized the vaccination of its settlers over the many Palestinians living in the West Bank.
The tendency of Eastern cultures to focus on relationships highlights the importance of community, hierarchy, and interpersonal relations, while the emphasis on logic and fixed rules in ancient Greece is fundamental to the individualist Western worldview.
The challenges that COVID-19 poses for counterterrorism are yet to fully materialize. The potential reduction in overall resources dedicated to counterterrorism calls for a re-evaluation of the efficacy and sustainability of current initiatives, including security-related foreign aid and the use of military force.
By May of 2020, at least six class-action lawsuits had been filed against the Chinese government in federal U.S. courts. However, early on in the wave of lawsuits, legal experts were already responding to the discourse around this possible route of action and informing the public that such suits would be symbolic at best.
As anyone can imagine, migrants caught in-between what is essentially a failed state and a region as fractured as the Middle East is a recipe for tragedy.