A new report says nuclear-armed states spent a record $73 billion on nuclear weapons in 2019, a $7.1 billion increase from 2018 expenditures. The United States, the centre of the global coronavirus pandemic, accounted for nearly half of that spending. As the economies of the US, China, France, and Russia all contract, their nuclear spending is expanding. Supplemental research shows yearly expenditure on nuclear weapons in the US alone could pay for 300,000 ICU beds; 150,000 nurses; 75,000 doctors; and 35,000 ventilators to address the COVID19 pandemic. The report, Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, found that nuclear-armed countries spent $138,699 every single minute of 2019 on their 13,000+ nuclear weapons.
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