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Media Roundtable: The COVID-19 Crisis In Spain -- Budget Cuts & Pandemic Preparedness In CA

AP Photo/Felipe Dana
A healthcare worker prepares medication for a COVID-19 patient at one of the intensive care units (ICU) of the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital in Badalona, Barcelona province, Spain, Wednesday, April 1, 2020

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, where the virus has claimed more than 14,000 lives. M

ore than 12,000 healthcare workers have been infected and more than 900,00 people have lost their jobs.

Later in the show, we'll discuss the impacts of US budget cuts on state emergency preparedness plans, the struggle for protective gear, and fair wages.



Will Carless, correspondent for Reveal covering extremism


Stephen Burgen, freelance journalist and a contributor to the Guardian based in Barcelona


Web Resources:


The Guardian, Stephen Burgen: Poor and vulnerable hardest hit by pandemic in Spain


The NY Times, Raphael Minder: Spain's Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded


Reveal, Will Carless: Essential workers


Reveal, Will Carless, Will Evans, and Lance Williams: California created a massive medical reserve – with acute care beds, ventilators and N95 masks — then let it collapse


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.