VANCOUVER—COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. With thousands killed and millions inflected, the pandemic has also crippled the global economy. Governments around the world are scrambling to import desperately needed medical equipment while struggling to keep their economies afloat amid widespread lockdowns. Instead of increasing international cooperation, the pandemic has sparked ruthless competition among states to gather humanitarian aid. One disappointing example was the Trump administration’s decision to not only halt the export of N95 respirators to Canada, but also putting the World Health Organization (WHO) funding on hold due to its political disagreements with China.
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