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World Bank President David Malpass speaks during the opening ceremony of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. 

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

National Governments Have Gone Big. The IMF and World Bank Need to Do the Same.

| Apr. 14, 2020

While social distancing is the West’s route to suppression of the virus, the developing world’s crowded cities and often overcrowded slums make isolation difficult. Advice on hand-washing means little where there is no access to running water. Without a basic social safety net, choices are narrowed and stark: Go to work and risk disease, or stay home and starve with your family.