As vaccinations against COVID-19 ramp up across Europe and North America, many people are welcoming hugs from loved ones, restaurants and beaches are reopening and a return to a sense of normality in many countries is beckoning.
It was the suddenness and the intensity of the second COVID-19 wave that took everyone in India by surprise. “None of us were prepared for this speed of development, this kind of rapidity with which it developed,” Dr. Bornali Datta explains over the phone. “This time, the pandemic hurt everyone, it wasn’t this distant thing happening to somebody else, it was every family, everybody was affected.”
In Okinawa, Japan, on Saturday a team of global health advocates and leaders from “The Global Fund ― From Okinawa” team carried the Olympic torch aloft, lighting the way for a world free from the burden of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and COVID-19.
World Malaria Day is a reminder that as the world battles with COVID-19, we still haven’t beaten a much older pandemic. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease that has plagued humanity for millennia and still kills over 400,000 people per year – mainly children under 5. In fact, that grim number will almost certainly have increased in 2020 and will do so again in 2021, as COVID-19 has severely disrupted malaria testing and treatment services in many of the most affected countries.