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WFP Urges the Rich to Help Prevent a ‘Hunger Pandemic’

September 20, 2020, 03.13 PM

According to Business Insider, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and others all saw their wealth increase by billions since the pandemic began.

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“I am not opposed to people making money, but humanity is facing the greatest crisis any of us have seen in our lifetimes,” Beasley said.

“It’s time for those who have the most to step up, to help those who have the least in this extraordinary time in world history.”

Beasley also said measures to contain the coronavirus must be balanced with the need to keep supply chains and trade moving across borders.

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And he expressed concern over Covid-19 shutdowns worsening other problems, such as disruptions to vaccinations for other illnesses.

“There is a grave danger that many more people will die from the broader economic and social consequences of Covid-19 that from the virus itself, especially in Africa,” Beasley said, “and the last thing we need is to have the cure be worse than the disease itself.” 

(Writer: Edith M. Lederer) 


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