“Sub-Saharan Africa Masks Scope of Crisis” (Aug. 31) provides a powerful glimpse into the devastating impact of Covid-19. U.S. investments in Africa over the past several decades have saved millions of lives and created healthier communities. But the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has warned that if such programs continue to be disrupted by the pandemic, deaths from these three diseases could as much as double.
It’s time we recognize that global health security is national security. The ability of other countries to prepare for and respond to outbreaks directly affects our own health security and compels us to rethink how we approach development assistance, cooperation, innovation and international organizations. In its next emergency Covid-19 supplemental bill, the U.S. Congress must reaffirm America’s