These stories are part of Global Voices’ special coverage of COVID-19 and offer a view on the pandemic from the perspective of our global community of contributors.
Stories about COVID-19 from April, 2021
Merkel, Macron or Biden? No, Latin America is relying on China for vaccines
"Only China helped Latin America and the countries in the region all began dancing to China's tune, not due to shared ideologies but due to the desire to resolve an unprecedented problem."
Kenya’s chaotic COVID-19 vaccine roll out exposes rich-poor divide
Businessmen and politicians have found a way to get the jab early while poor, elderly Kenyans wait in long lines.
Harnessing the power of social media, Indian netizens support one another during the second wave of COVID-19
As India's healthcare system reels under mounting cases of COVID-19, citizens rally the power of social media to help one another and keep hope alive.
Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand brings cheers and tears, but some fears
"Just met a seven-year-old who is going to see her Mum for the first time in 15 months. I’m not really handling this well!!"
Crumbling infrastructure and oxygen shortage hit India’s Covid-19 response
A lack of hospital beds and oxygen supply combined with mass election rallies and religious gatherings have exposed India’s inadequate pandemic response.
Jamaica’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz administers 75,000 doses just before expiry date
A shipment of 75,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Jamaica on April 8, but expired a few days later, leading to a race against the clock.
Ten years after Bahrain's failed ‘Spring’, political detainees are suffering
With protests at home and rising international pressure, Bahraini authorities are being called upon to alleviate the pressure on detention facilities by releasing political detainees.
Algerians’ speech freedoms strained by media laws passed under COVID-19 pretext
As Hirak protests continue to protest unmet public demands, Algerian government uses the pandemic to restrain independent media platforms and people's digital rights through suppressive laws.
Income, age and obesity: South Asia's advantages in the COVID-19 pandemic
Poverty, lack of public medical facilities, lower levels of adult literacy, and less medical expertise would, it was assumed, work strongly against the ability of South Asia to weather the COVID-19 storm.
In another blow for Japan's Summer Games, male chauvinist “Olympig” is forced to resign
Yet another setback for the 2020 Olympic games, already postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plagued with gaffes.