RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Economists document an 'unprecedented' rise in global poverty in 2020 as fears grow that some poorer countries may not get COVID-19 vaccines until 2024.
More than 80% of people in some developing countries have lost income due to COVID-19, economists said on Friday, February 5th, warning that soaring poverty could hamper efforts to control the disease in nations where mass inoculation may be a long way off.
Without emergency assistance, people desperate to feed their families may flout social distancing measures to look for work, fueling the spread of the coronavirus . . .