COVID-19 is poised to explode in developing countries and emerging markets – which have far fewer resources to combat the pandemic. Social distancing is practically impossible, health systems are ill equipped, malnutrition and poverty are often rampant, and vulnerable economies will falter. Political instability, xenophobia and social unrest present additional risks as the coronavirus spreads. Robert Guest, Foreign Editor of The Economist, joins Altamar from London to explain the challenges of Coronavirus to poorer countries – and the role that wealthier nations, international institutions and corporations must play to help the developing world regain their economic footing. Previously, Robert covered the African continent for the magazine for seven years. A former correspondent in Washington, Johannesburg and Tokyo, he is an accomplished author, opinion leader and frequent TV political analyst.
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