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COVID19/POVERTY – 2.7 billion people did not get state aid during pandemic: Oxfam (Al Jazeera)

The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures to contain it have hit millions of people hard, with poverty set to increase sharply in almost every country for the first time in decades unless action is taken now, according to a new report by Oxfam. https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2020/12/15/2-7-billion-people-got-no-state-aid-during-pandemic-report

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USA/FED/COVID19 – What’s the Fed doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis? What more could it do? (Jeffrey Cheng, Tyler Powell, Dave Skidmore, and David Wessel, Brookings)

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DATA/COVID19 – Making data-informed Covid-19 testing plan (IDSS)

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LATIN AMERICA/COVID19 – Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America (Pepe Zhang, Atlantic Council)

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COVID19 – How countries are dealing with the delicate matter of who to vaccinate first (John Letzing, WEF)

A medic fills a syringe with an experimental COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to a health worker during trials in Ahmedabad, India, November 26, 2020. Image: REUTERS/Amit Dave – RC2YAK9TYO76 Officials around the world are sorting out who will be first in line for COVID-19 vaccinations. The UK should receive its first doses for distribution next […]

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COVID19 – We can’t let the pandemic derail progress for disabled people (Susannah Rodgers, WEF)

Powering ahead: The author Susannah Rodgers competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Image: Action Images COVID-19 has been devastating for disabled people who face cancelled operations or are shielding alone. While society is moving towards inclusion, the pandemic risks reversing progress. December 3rd, 2020 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/12/we-cant-let-the-pandemic-derail-progress-on-inclusion-for-the-disabled/

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COVID19 – ‘A game changer’ – Austria’s Sebastian Kurz and other leaders on COVID vaccines (Christopher Alessi, WEF)

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz spoke at the Forum’s Great Reset Dialogues on 2 December. Image: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner “Vaccination is the game changer. It’s difficult to plan the next year, but our perspective is hopefully we have the chance to vaccinate our risk groups in the first quarter and have the chance to vaccinate broader parts of society […]

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COVID19 – Disarming Vaccine Disinformation (CFR)

Panelists discuss COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation campaigns and tactics to disrupt and disarm them. Speakers Imran Ahmed Chief Executive Officer, Founder, Center for Countering Digital Hate Tara Kirk Sell Senior Scholar, John Hopkins Center for Health Security Presider Jennifer Nuzzo Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations https://www.cfr.org/event/disarming-vaccine-disinformation

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EUROPE – European financial integration during the COVID-19 crisis: Insights from a new indicator (Stefano Borgioli, Carl-Wolfram Horn, Urszula Kochanska, Philippe Molitor, Francesco Paolo Mongelli, Eva Mulder, Alessandro Zito, VOXEU)

COVID-19 represents an unprecedented shock in terms of the scale and speed of its effects. On 30 January, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a public health emergency of international concern, and on 11 March it upgraded the threat to pandemic status. Extensive containment measures became indispensable to control the spread of the […]

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COVID19/GREAT RECESSION – The role of managerial quality during the Great Recession (Gilbert Cette, Jimmy Lopez, Jacques Mairesse, Giuseppe Nicoletti, VOXEU)

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of swift reorganisation of tasks and logistics in cushioning economic shocks. For instance, the ability to rapidly implement teleworking, reorganise supply chains to handle disruptions in deliveries of intermediate goods, and the ability to resort to online services to meet social distancing rules is likely to have played […]

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ASIA PACIFIC/HEALTH/COVID19 – Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2020. Measuring Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage (OECD)

This sixth edition of Health at a Glance Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, health care expenditure and financing and quality of care across 27 Asia-Pacific countries and territories. It also provides a series of dashboards to compare performance across countries and […]

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COVID19/DEBT RELIEF – In the time of pandemic, debt relief efforts need to go further (Patricia Scotland, Al Jazeera)

In the last few months, due to the devastating effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on the global economy, the fiscal clock has been ticking more rapidly than ever before for many small and vulnerable states across the world. With Joe Biden’s victory in the United States presidential election, which increased the possibility for meaningful […]