Briefings

COVID-19 Briefing: Contrasting COVID-19 Responses: U.S. and China

In late 2019, healthcare practitioners in Wuhan, China started to see the emergence of a new disease that was highly infectious and shared characteristics with the flu. Scientists scrambled to determine the virus’s origin and extent of the outbreak. By the end of January, travel in and out of Wuhan was restricted to help ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Population Dynamics

The COVID-19 pandemic is growing in intensity across much of the world. The recent surge of cases has dashed hopes that summer weather would prove inhospitable for transmission. Indeed, the world saw the highest number of reported daily cases on Saturday, July 11, with Our World in Data reporting 230,051 new cases in a single day. ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Evolution of the Response

With COVID-19’s relentless global spread and mounting number of deaths, consensus is growing that the response has largely been an international failure. The pandemic has forced global, national, and local decisionmakers to take action: some, like New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan, have been quick to contain the virus; many others have been criticized ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Reckoning with Reopening

It took almost two years, but today, Thursday, June 25, the Ebola epidemic that has been plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 2018 was officially declared over. This outbreak – the second deadliest on record – required a coordinated response by the DRC government, World Health Organization (WHO), UN agencies, humanitarian aid groups, ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: World Health Organization – What’s Next?

As COVID-19 continues its relentless spread across the world, concerns about leadership are mounting. At the national level in the United States, institutions the public relies on for guidance and assurance around health matters, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have gone conspicuously quiet. In Brazil, the health ministry stopped reporting data on COVID-19 ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Global Health Security

Could we have prevented the COVID-19 pandemic? This question has haunted policymakers and public health institutions since the coronavirus took hold six months ago and began upending daily life nearly everywhere in the world. Some experts argue that if we had invested the resources required to build strong health systems globally, the pandemic’s devastating impact would ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: COVID-19 in the Age of Protest and the Need for a Vaccine

“Eventually doctors will develop a coronavirus vaccine, but black people will continue to wait for a cure for racism.” Roxane Gay, New York Times   Today we are fighting dual epidemics of COVID-19 and racism. Protests against recent acts of police brutality continue across the U.S. and around the globe. The murder of George Floyd ...

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