Evo Morales: ‘Don’t Commercialize the Coronavirus’

The former Bolivian President and WHO encourage the global embrace of common humanity

  • By externalwire | March 17, 2020,3:26 pm
Evo Morales: ‘Don’t Commercialize the Coronavirus’

Evo Morales is a man familiar with crises. Elected as the first indigenous president of Bolivia in the depths of a financial crisis, he brought together a fractured nation and stabilized his country financially while lifting large swaths of the population out of poverty in the process.

It is Morales’s criticism of global neoliberal capitalism that guided his policies, and it is this criticism that spurred him to speak up on Twitter this Tuesday, March 17.

Responding to news released by Spanish newspaper ABC that US President Donald Trump had attempted to buy a German company working on a COVID-19 cure, Morales spoke out on the global pandemic:

 

“The coronavirus has shown that commercializing health, as proposed by capitalism, is inhuman and immoral,” Morales tweeted. 

“Health cannot be a business but must be a human right. It is time for the countries of the world to return to the path of solidarity. Let’s protect life first.”

Morales’s statement coincides with similar messaging coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for worldwide solidarity on Monday, March 16, with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying, “We are all in this together.”

 

The statements from Morales and WHO highlighted a growing need for human solidarity in the face of the global COVID-19 epidemic. Where many governments have been reluctant to implement economically painful measures such as banning people from going to work, national leaders are hearing increased calls to put the economy second in order to prioritize the health of society’s most vulnerable.

 

As humanity is suddenly confronted with its own vulnerabilities, continued calls for collaboration can hopefully calm the global obsession with economic growth and stock prices and lead to a united fight against the virus that we can all be proud of.

 

 

 

Read also: The Coronavirus is Here. Don’t Panic.

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