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Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, taking part at a video conference in extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit at the Chigi Palace in Rome. EPA/A handout photo from the Chigi Palace Press Office

All world leaders face mega COVID-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking up

Already, we have seen a range of responses globally - from countries that apparently reacted too late, to those who acted relatively early.
Doctors Without Borders supporters march in protest to the American Consulate in Johannesburg in 2012 over lack of funding to fight HIV. Photo by Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

TB, HIV and COVID-19: urgent questions as three epidemics collide

Very little is known about the relationship between COVID-19 and HIV and TB. What is known is that people's lungs are affected by all three.
Fluorescence microscopy of mycobacteria. Michael A. Reiche, Timothy J. de Wet, Ryan Dinkele and Digby F. Warner

TB: Scientists know a great deal, but there’s still more to learn

Scientists need greater understanding of the bacterium's basic biology, as well as more about how it is spread from one individual to the next.
A deserted street in Cairo after the government ordered the closure of shops, restaurants and cafes. Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences

Social distancing is impossible in much of Africa, and its economic consequences may lead to a famine that is worse than the pandemic. Prevention measures must consider the African context.
The St Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty with mask-wearing women holding stretchers at the backs of ambulances during the global flu epidemic, St Louis, Missouri, October 1918. Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images

South Africa bungled the Spanish flu in 1918. History mustn’t repeat itself for COVID-19

The Spanish flu episode highlights some elementary mistakes made back then which must be avoided at all costs to prevent another public health disaster.

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