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This web conference will gather an international panel of clinicians, academics, and policy makers to discuss the pressing priority-setting issues raised by COVID-19 around the world. We aim to learn from one another how best to navigate the ethical challenges every country faces.

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We are so accustomed to the Chinese government’s lack of transparency that the opaqueness of China’s overseas loans seems unremarkable at this point. But as we face what inevitably looks like a global debt crisis, one that is likely to hit low-income countries particularly hard, a clear accounting of the scale of the problem is critical. 

A pharmacist in an International Medical Corps mobile health clinic dispenses medicine to a sick child in a remote village in Pakistan's Sindh province.
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This is a crisis of truly global scale and it will place enormous constraints on traditional humanitarian operations.