The Covid-19 outbreak is placing unprecedented strain on sophisticated health systems in Europe and Asia, with overstretched medical staff struggling to treat their patients and intensive-care facilities overwhelmed in rich countries. Imagine then what will happen to health systems in Africa as the virus takes hold here.

The crisis is exposing glaring inequalities between the rich and the poor in the developed world, and it is about to reflect even greater inequalities between the North and the South. We need to act...

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