It is no secret COVID-19 has placed a frightful burden on already overwhelmed systems, especially in the developing world.
For those facing humanitarian emergencies such as famine, conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and fleeing as refugees or displaced persons, COVID-19 has created an untenable situation. This mother-of-all whammies overburdens international humanitarian systems as developed countries focus on domestic needs, limiting much-needed funding for international emergencies that have become back-page news.
That is why Canada needs to invest at least one per cent of their COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards global emergency response. It continues to be the right thing to do.