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Pandemic

Next pandemic could be more lethal: AstraZeneca vaccine creator (Al Jazeera)

Future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19, so lessons learned from the outbreak must not be squandered and the world should ensure it is prepared for the next viral onslaught, one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine says.

Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said in the Richard Dimbleby Lecture that the world should make sure it is better prepared for the next virus, according to the BBC.

Next pandemic could be more lethal: AstraZeneca vaccine creator | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Global Tourism Pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic could cost global tourism $2 trillion this year (UN News)

The coronavirus pandemic will likely cost the global tourism sector $2 trillion in lost revenue in 2021, the UN’s tourism body said Monday, calling the sector’s recovery “fragile” and “slow.”

Coronavirus pandemic could cost global tourism $2 trillion this year | | UN News

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International Trade Law Pandemic

How COVID-19 is undermining international trade law (Bryan Mercurio, East Asia Forum)

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting effect on many areas of international lawmaking. In recent years, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have struggled to progress the trade agenda or even keep the multilateral system functioning as designed. The pandemic may accelerate the trend of increased protectionism and movement away from liberalism and towards managed trade.

How COVID-19 is undermining international trade law (eastasiaforum.org)

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ASEAN Pandemic

ASEAN’s divided response to COVID-19 (Shubhankar Kashyap and Anushka Bhattacharya, East Asia Forum)

ASEAN has been vital for achieving cooperation and economic growth in Southeast Asia. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health security has become the primary concern shaping its regional aspirations. The human and economic devastation caused by COVID-19 is unparalleled, despite the region experiencing several economic and health crises before. The region’s key sectors, including tourism, retail and manufacturing, took a big hit. Yet ASEAN stepped aside and let its member states combat the virus independently.

ASEAN’s divided response to COVID-19 (eastasiaforum.org)

 

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Pandemic USA

Race and Jobs at Risk of Being Automated in the Age of COVID-19 (Kristen Broady, Brookings)

On November 3, 2021, Brookings Metro Fellow Kristen Broady testified to the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, during a hearing titled Our Changing Economy: The Economic Effects of Technological Innovation, Automation and the Future of Work.

Race and Jobs at Risk of Being Automated in the Age of COVID-19 (brookings.edu)

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Pandemic Remote Learning

Millions missing out on remote learning during emergencies: UNICEF (UN News)

More than half, or 102 million, are students in 14 countries which either fully or partially closed their classrooms for at least half of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Remote Learning Readiness Index.

Millions missing out on remote learning during emergencies: UNICEF | | UN News
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Jobs Pandemic

Pandemic impact on jobs, worse than expected: ILO (UN News)

The jobs recovery is stalled worldwide and disparities between advanced and developing economies threaten the whole global economy, warned the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Wednesday.

Pandemic impact on jobs, worse than expected: ILO  | | UN News

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G20 Pandemic

The G20’s Pandemic Wake-Up Call (Masood Ahmed, Project-Syndicate)

G20 leaders must recognize that pandemics are a national and global security threat, and expend some political capital to shift the international health-security machinery from its current equilibrium. Their forthcoming summit in Rome is the right moment to establish a new vision of global public health.

The G20’s Pandemic Wake-Up Call by Masood Ahmed – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Climate Change Pandemic

Competition and Coexistence (Carl Bildt, Project-Syndicate)

Just when the world needs to come together to tackle the pandemic and mobilize a response to climate change, geopolitical tensions are rising, threatening the prospects of cooperation. The situation demands a level of global statesmanship that has yet to materialize.

Competition and Coexistence by Carl Bildt – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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