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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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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