Briefings

COVID-19 Briefing: Spotlight on the 74th World Health Assembly

World Health Assembly: Focus on Pandemic Recovery “This virus is changing constantly. Future changes could render our tools ineffective and drag us back to square one. We must be very clear: the pandemic is not over, and it will not be over until and unless transmission is controlled in every last country.” Dr. Tedros ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: COVID-19 News and Client Highlights

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Despite the growing availability of vaccines in more countries and communities around the world, we are hitting several grim milestones. On Saturday, April 17, the world surpassed a reported three million deaths due to COVID-19 –  likely a gross underestimate, according to experts. And just this week, ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: The Urgency of COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids

“Having a COVID-19 vaccine available for children is essential for our nation to end the pandemic. We need to apply the same urgency to vaccinate children as we have for adults.” Dr. Lee Savio Beers, President, American Academy of Pediatrics As COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands around the world (although inequitably), experts are hopeful that ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Vaccine Hesitancy: Fueling the Pandemic?

“As the world deals with brand-new vaccines, trust issues like the ones that have arisen in the past week are inevitable. But we must be prepared to reassure people that they can have faith in the process.” Dr. Heidi Larson, Director, Vaccine Confidence Project While the COVID-19 pandemic is not likely to end soon, ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: The Pandemic One Year In

“Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Not when we are so close.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Today marks exactly one year since World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a “pandemic.” On ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Variants on the Rise

“The continued proliferation of variants remains a great concern and is a threat that could reverse the recent positive trends that we are seeing.” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) While the world surpasses 100 million reported COVID-19 infections, vaccine distribution is ramping up across the globe. In ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Changing of the Guard: U.S. COVID-19 Response

“What we’re inheriting is so much worse than we could have imagined.” Jeffrey Zients, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator On Tuesday, January 26, the world recorded a staggering 100 million cases of COVID-19 – a figure once considered unfathomable. The number of people infected, ill, and dying continues to grow as countries around the ...

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