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Travel restrictions, funding gaps a bigger problem than PPE, humanitarian leaders say

A road barrier placed during a lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Karachi, Pakistan. Photo by: Akhtar Soomro / Reuters
Photo Credit: Akhtar Soomro / Reuters

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Domestic travel restrictions and a general lack of coordinated funding — not shortages of personal protective equipment — are the biggest constraints to accessing the world’s most vulnerable communities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, humanitarian leaders said Monday.

“Obviously, we’ve moved to remote management in a number of areas, but it’s actually domestic travel restrictions that are preventing the movement of local staff that is the greatest impediment at the moment,” said David Miliband, president and CEO at the International Rescue Committee, in a Council on Foreign Relations conference call Monday.

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