Coronavirus is leaving pregnant women with tough choices and bleaker outcomes

Pregnant nurse Samantha Salinas attends an appointment with her midwives at Birth Center Stone Oak amid a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., May 6, 2020. Picture taken May 6, 2020.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

The strain COVID-19 has had on healthcare systems leads many pregnant women vulnerable. Image: REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

Davide De Beni
Health economics adviser, United Nations Population Fund’s Asia-Pacific office.
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