Briefings

COVID-19 Briefing: U.S. Leadership Changes and Global Implications for COVID-19

“We might be tired of COVID-19. But it is not tired of us. It pays no heed to political rhetoric or conspiracy theories. Our only hope is science, solutions, and solidarity.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) November has been a tumultuous month on the international stage. With cases of COVID-19 rising exponentially ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health

World Mental Health Day was Saturday, October 10 – a reminder that mental and emotional well-being are as important as physical health. This message is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fueled anxiety and depression across the globe. Regrettably, “COVID-19 has interrupted essential mental health services around the world just when they’re ...

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“Will a Vaccine Save Us?” A Fireside Chat with Dr. Heidi Larson and Dr. Peter Piot

  “Society has been broken. Economies have been broken. Health has been broken well beyond COVID. Governments have the opportunity to address these very real needs, including survival…We can’t mess this up.” Dr. Heidi Larson, Director, Vaccine Confidence Project On Wednesday, September 30, Rabin Martin hosted a conversation with global health luminaries Dr. Heidi ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: UNGA During the Pandemic

“Responsible leadership matters. Science matters. Cooperation matters—and misinformation kills.” António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held virtually for the first time, closed this week. Questions remain about how countries can support a global effort to improve the well-being of people around the world. With the COVID-19 ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: “Twindemics” – How COVID-19 and the Flu Will Intersect

Against the backdrop of the 75th United Nations General Assembly, now underway virtually, the COVID-19 pandemic continues its global spread. The UN General Assembly adopted an omnibus resolution on the COVID-19 response, supported by 169 member states, which calls for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate, and overcome the pandemic and its consequences.” The resolution ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: COVID-19 Clinical Trials: Ensuring Speed and Diversity

On Tuesday, September 15, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO), commented that a return to “pre-COVID normal life” will not happen in the next year. “We’re looking at 2022 at least before enough people start getting the vaccine to build immunity,” said Dr. Swaminathan. “So for a long time to come, we have to maintain the ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: The Next Battleground: COVID-19 in India

On Monday, September 7, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO), issued a global warning: “This will not be the last pandemic. History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready – more ready than it was this time.” ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Waning Immunity and Long-Term COVID-19 Pandemic Control

“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years, especially if we can pool our efforts,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), said on Friday, August 21. Comparing COVID-19 to the 1918 Spanish flu (which took two years to control), Dr. Tedros noted that current advances in medicine could help the world overcome ...

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