Toxic reaction? Coronavirus and medical nationalism
21 May 2020 | 11:00 am
As superpower rivalries dominate the UN annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, FRANCE 24’s François Picard asks tonight’s panel about the impact of nationalism and financial interests on the supply of face masks, the rolling out of affordable coronavirus tests and the race to discover and market an effective Covid-19 vaccine.
Baky Meïté is a former captain of the Ivory Coast rugby team. Back in the spring of 2020, he put his rugby career on hold to work as a janitor in a geriatric hospital in Paris. He has now published a book, "Les Chiffons Bleus", as a tribute to his former colleagues who appear somewhat forgotten today. He joined us for Perspective.
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