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The Global Frontline

The global frontline

First published
Monday 11 May 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

This is a pivotal week for the pandemic in the world. In five short months, the coronavirus has overwhelmed some of the globe’s wealthiest countries. Health services have been tested like never before, economies have juddered to a near halt, and many, many people have lost their lives. But the virus has, so far, had less of an impact on countries in Africa and South America, the Middle East and Central Asia. Experts warn that this is about to change.

And so we are this week keeping a watching brief on the Global Frontline. We will consider where the pandemic goes next, the people and places around the world that are most vulnerable, where it might be met by global leadership – and how it could remake international institutions. Basia Cummings, editor