The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) is calling on Canada to step up investment to ensure an effective global COVID-19 response.
“The pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing gaps in access to resources, health, and food and has disproportionately impacted already marginalized groups. These disparities are only becoming more lethal as the world waits to act. It is estimated that COVID-19 will push 71 million people into extreme poverty and 265 million into acute food insecurity and result in 117 million missed child vaccinations and 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence. The world must act now to protect the lives of the most vulnerable and ensure no one is left behind.”