World Food Program leader warns “the worst is yet to come”
On top of the coronavirus pandemic, the world may see a global humanitarian catastrophe, including famine in three dozen countries — potentially the most serious crisis since World War II. Ports are closed and supply chains disrupted as a disaster looms for millions. David Beasley, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and a former governor of South Carolina, said in an interview with CBS News that members of both parties in the U.S. have come together to help stave off poverty, starvation and instability, but he says more aid is needed to keep food supplies moving. He also spoke about the need for “common sense” on when to reopen the economy.Beasley spoke with CBS News’ Pamela Falk from his home in Society Hill, South Carolina, where he recently recuperated from a case of COVID-19 himself. CBS News’ Pamela Falk: You came down with coronavirus. Tell us what the experience was like.David Beasley: You read all stories, then when it hits you, it’s a whole different ballgame.I’ve been lucky, in the sense that it never got so severe that I had to go to the hospital. But at the same time it didn’t hit me for three days.