Over four in five UK adults (84%) believe life will not return to normal unless Covid-19 is controlled all over the world, a new poll finds.
The YouGov survey for World Vision found that three in four adults (77%) are worried about a second wave of coronavirus hitting the UK in the next six months. It also found most adults (54%) believe the government should increase overseas aid spend to combat COVID-19. Only one in three (36%) believe this would be unacceptable.
A UN appeal to tackle coronavirus in poor and conflict-riven countries is still only 20% funded – leaving a shocking $6.5bn shortfall. World Vision warns underfunding could lead to deadly waves of Covid-19 sweeping the world for the foreseeable future. Since the UN appeal launched on 17 July the world has seen another 13 million cases – half of all notified cases since the pandemic began. Over a quarter of a million more people have died of the disease.
Gareth Wallace, World Vision UK head of policy said, "The world is facing its worst crisis for generations. Yet the global fight against coronavirus is woefully underfunded. All of our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic. But the world’s poorest are hit hardest by lockdowns, barriers to education, economic recessions, and struggling health systems."