How the coronavirus shifts focus away from other deadly diseases | Covid-19 Special

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    Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year world leaders from science, politics and business are meeting virtually. The coronavirus is straining the response to the many health crises which already exist. Tuberculosis is still the leading infectious disease. It infects around 10 million a year and kills about 1.5 million. African countries lag far behind the world in the fight against TB, and malaria kills half a million people annually, more than 90 percent of them in Africa. As well as these two, HIV/AIDS still hasn’t been conquered. And while all three diseases have decreased globally since 2000, they still pose a major threat. The pressure is on to fight these global health crises, even as we navigate our way through the current pandemic.

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