Hard Numbers: Washington sends drugs to Brazil, Moscow reopens, and what do Malawians fear more than COVID?

2 million: As part of a joint research project between Washington and Brasilia, the US delivered two million doses of the drug hydroxychloroquine to Brazil. Both President Trump and Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro have repeatedly touted the benefits of the drug, typically used to treat malaria, for COVID-19 patients. Medical professionals have warned that the evidence is inconclusive and that the drug could actually be harmful.


47: Americans aren't thrilled with their own government's coronavirus response, with just 47 percent of respondents telling a recent Pew poll that the US has done a good or excellent job managing the emergency situation. Compare that with 66 percent who believe that both Germany and South Korea have managed the crisis well.

81: An overwhelming number of Malawians 81 percentsay they are more worried about hunger than about contracting the coronavirus. Drought-induced food-shortages in sub-Saharan Africa have forced some 6.5 million Malawians onto food aid in recent years.

9: Moscow has lifted lockdown restrictions, allowing residents to visit parks and shopping centers for the first time in 9 weeks. President Putin says the country has passed the peak of the crisis, but health experts say Russia has one of the world's worst outbreaks, and its official count of 4,800 COVID deaths is likely a gross undercount.

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British economist Jim O'Neill says the global economy can bounce back right to where it was before, in a V-shaped recovery. But his argument is based on a lot of "ifs," plus comparisons to the 2008 recession and conditions in China and South Korea that may not truly apply. Ian Bremmer and Eurasia Group's Robert Kahn take issue with O'Neill's op-ed, on this edition of The Red Pen.

Today, we're taking our Red Pen to an article titled "A V-Shaped Recovery Could Still Happen." I'm not buying it. It's published recently by Project Syndicate, authored by British economist named Jim O'Neill. Jim O'Neill is very well known. He was chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He's the guy that coined the acronym BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China. So, no slouch. But as you know, we don't agree with everything out there. And this is the case. Brought to you by the letter V. We're taking sharp issue with the idea that recovery from all the economic devastation created by the coronavirus pandemic is going to happen quickly. That after the sharp drop that the world has experienced, everything bounces back to where it was before. That's the V. Economists around the world are debating how quickly recovery will happen to be sure. But we're not buying the V. Here's why. W-H-Y.

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Updated as of 7/13/2020

The United States and the European Union have comparable population sizes, but their COVID-19 death toll trajectories have recently become very different. Since the beginning of July, the average number of both new fatalities and new deaths per 1 million people is rapidly increasing in the US while it remains mostly flat in the EU. We compare this to the average number of new cases each seven days in both regions, where the US trend continues upward but is not surging like the death toll. EU countries' robust public health systems and citizens' willingness to wear masks and maintain social distance could explain the disparity.

As GZERO World kicks off its third season, Ian Bremmer is examining the state of U.S. response and recovery six months into the pandemic. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins to discuss what Congress has done to provide economic relief to businesses and people impacted by the unexpected and unprecedented downturn, and next steps still to come. He also takes jabs at GOP Congressional colleagues who he says have "followed (Trump's) lead rather than science."

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As GZERO World kicks off its third season, Ian Bremmer is examining the state of U.S. response and recovery six months into the pandemic. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins to discuss what Congress has done to provide economic relief to businesses and people impacted by the unexpected and unprecedented downturn, and next steps still to come. He also takes jabs at GOP Congressional colleagues who he says have "followed (Trump's) lead rather than science."

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