Video of Egyptian hospital patients struggling to breathe as oxygen supplies ran out and exhausted health workers collapsing to the floor has stirred outrage at the government’s COVID-19 response,

We take few things for granted the way we do oxygen. More than water, more than food, more than sunlight, we assume it will always be available. When it is not, we expect to quickly lose our breath, our focus, and perhaps our life. But patients suffering from COVID-19 and…

Severe shortages of medical oxygen across sub-Saharan Africa have robbed many patients with severe COVID-19 and pneumonia of a key time-buying treatment. Activists blame 2 suppliers, The Linde Group and Air Liquide, that monopolize the market—overcharging and limiting…

In wealthier countries, running out of medical oxygen “is all but unthinkable for a resource that literally can be pulled from the air,” the AP reports. But in low-resource countries, it is expensive and in short supply, with soaring demand amid the pandemic.

Hospitals throughout sub-Saharan Africa can’t obtain enough medical-grade oxygen for patients who need it. Low blood oxygen, or hypoxemia, accompanies many conditions, from trauma and pregnancy complications to pneumonia. Now, a Kenyan entrepreneur has created a system for…