The United Nations's World Food Program says billions of dollars are needed to help poorer countries cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects.

It is asking world leaders to contribute, saying that the coronavirus could push an additional 135 million people to the brink of starvation, warning that a failure to help could result in famines and conflict.

Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from the United Nations in New York, in the US.

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