A year into COVID-19, medical oxygen scarcity still costing lives

Oxygen access is a matter of life or death. The world can and must do better to increase equitable access to medical oxygen.

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic one year ago. Thanks to unprecedented collaboration, the public health community has made significant progress since then.

The rapid development of tests, treatments, and vaccines against COVID-19 is a collective achievement that should be celebrated. And thanks to COVAX, more than 50 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and territories have received COVID-19 vaccine doses thus far, with plans for broader rollout in progress.

Despite these achievements, too many communities are still lacking in one key area: reliable oxygen access.

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