It has been almost two years since COVID-19 became the focus of all of our lives, all around the world and affecting us all in numerous unprecedented ways. We have become more connected as a global society, relying on one another through social media and virtual means for support and solidarity in times where we are advised to stay apart (physically, at least). Individuals all over the world have only lately begun to feel part of their communities once again, and as vaccinations amongst populations have reached a steady sufficiency, the question of vaccine boosters is becoming the new topic of discussion. What we, as a privileged nation, have to realize now is that while we are on the lookout for our third dose, there are far too many people living in lower-income countries without adequate health-care providers that have yet to receive access to even their first COVID-19 prevention shots. As a result of the pandemic and its toll on our global economy, an additional 120 million people from all over the world are living in poverty (defined as not possessing access to sufficient income for a person's basic needs, with an estimated income of $2.40 per day). This is an increase of 120 million lives over the course of only two years, and the number is only growing each day—anticipated to reach over 150 million by the end of 2021. This is by far the worst setback since extreme poverty rates started to fall in the 1990s. This COVID-19 pandemic and all of its implications have intensified the problems associated with extreme poverty, affecting many aspects of life for so many families around the world, including their supporting income, health care, quality education, nutrition, and their protection against other simultaneous disease epidemics in the region that hold just as much of threat as COVID-19, yet are not able to be treated due to overcapacity in hospitals, lack of medical equipment, etc. Unfortunately, individuals who were already underprivileged are disproportionately confronted with problems such as a lack of even a first dose of the vaccine or being wrongfully terminated from already precarious employment. It is crucial that in times like these, where the world is seemingly tearing apart at the seams due to unforeseeable circumstances thrown onto already disadvantageous conditions, that we all stick together and find our ways to support those affected. We must spread awareness amongst fellow citizens, and advocate in relation to our government, on the need for stronger foundations and assistance for those in lower-income countries facing extreme poverty. Sharanya Sivasathiyanathan Ottawa, Ont.