I’ll repeat what I’ve said before.
Actually, this disease has been relatively kind to the 3rd world, as epidemics go. Diseases usually they strike the 3rd world 1st and treatment & cures are figured out only after rich people in rich countries are threatened.
This time the rich people got hit first & some real effort was put into mitigating it.
The usual case is more like Zika, West Nile Virus, Ebola.Chikungunya has now made it into the Caribbean from the shores of the Indian Ocean where it has afflicted people for a long time. As it works it’s way to Florida, we’ll start to see treatments, vaccinations, &/or cures.
Kissing bugs (carry Chagas disease; heart damage & death before old age) are now invading the Southern USA. South & Central Americans can finally expect relief.
Belize had 7 respirators in country in Spring 2020, and lacked expertise to use more if it had them. But it had only 18 cases. The “donor nations” sent them more when they became available. Without treatments & knowledge developed by the rich, the epidemic would have been worse, if it had hit Belize before it hit Europe & USA.
It is interesting to note that China, India and the UAE are using covid vaccines as diplomatic tools. Russia probably will also with their Sputnik 5 vaccine showing promise.