One third of the world’s population does not receive public support to fight a pandemic
In total, € 9.62 billion was spent worldwide this year to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus.
Some 2.7 billion people, more than a third of the world’s population, have received no public support to deal with the effects of the pandemic, according to an analysis released today by Oxfam Intermón.
The human rights organization evaluated the policies of 126 low- and middle-income countries to help their population during the economic crisis caused by the covid-19, whether through disability benefits, unemployment or retirement pensions, among other factors. .
In its report, entitled “Shelter in the Tempest”, the organization concludes that none of the publicly-funded injections in these countries were high enough to meet the basic needs of their citizens.
“The coronavirus united the world with fear, but divided it in response”, says Oxfam Intermón public policy officer and co-author of the report, Liliana Marcos, in a statement released by the Spanish news agency Efe.
“The pandemic has spurred a commendable effort on social protection worldwide that has reached more than a billion people, but even today there are many more who have been totally left out,” he added.
In total, 9.62 billion euros were spent worldwide this year to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus, of which 8.06 billion (83%) correspond to investments from 36 rich countries, according to Oxfam calculations .
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