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COVID-19 and the Crisis of National Development

A government health official sprays a chlorine solution in the streets as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nairobi on March 19, 2020. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

COVID-19’s rapid move from warning sign to global pandemic has yanked the spotlight onto a number of questions humanity has been uneasily avoiding for years. Beyond the human-focused ones like how to keep a global economy running when flights are shut down, it has also drawn attention to the human exploitation of ecosystems as national assets, which compels the human-animal interactions that probably made the virus infectious to humans in the first place.

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