GZERO Media logo

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

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.

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

More Show less

They call it Einstein. It's the multibillion-dollar digital defense system the US has used to catch outside hackers and attackers since 2003. But it was no match for what's looking like one of the biggest cyber breaches in US history. Ian Bremmer breaks it down.

Watch the GZERO World episode: Cyber attack: an act of espionage or war?

Since Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic "I have a dream" speech in August 1963, the number of Black Americans elected to the United States Congress has dramatically increased. Still, it wasn't until 2019, more than half a century later, that the share of Black members serving in the House of Representatives reflected the percentage of Black Americans in the broader population —12 percent. To date, only six states have sent a Black representative to serve in the US Senate (recent runoff elections will make Georgia the seventh state), and many states have never elected a Black representative to either house of Congress. Here's a look at Black representation in every US Congress since 1963.

More than 32 million COVID shots have now been administered globally, raising hopes that the light at the end of the tunnel is now in sight.

The US has vaccinated 3 percent of its total population, while the UK is nearing a solid 5 percent inoculation rate. In Israel, which has been hailed as a vaccine success story, almost 24 percent of people have already received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine.

But while many countries are able to glimpse the outlines of a post-COVID world, there is a huge population of people who are being left out entirely. Refugees, as well as displaced, undocumented, and stateless people around the world remain ineligible for inoculations and vulnerable to the coronavirus.

We take a look at three case studies where powerless populations are being left in the lurch.

More Show less
The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

GZEROMEDIA

Subscribe to GZERO Media's Newsletter: Signal