Briefings

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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COVID-19 Briefing: Beyond Testing: Steps for COVID-19 Containment

Eight months into the pandemic, nations around the world continue to scramble to contain COVID-19 infections. Spikes are now emerging in countries that had gotten ahead of their epidemics months ago, such as New Zealand. In the U.S., COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. It is clear that countries ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: 20 Million Cases and Counting: COVID-19 Rages On

On Monday, August 10, confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 20 million globally. While COVID-19 continues to make its way around the world, a few countries (the U.S., Brazil, India, and Russia) account for the majority of infections. With the disease asymptomatic in an estimated 40 percent of the population, containment remains an international challenge. Still, some countries, such as Thailand and ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: COVID-19 Vaccine Status Update – Where do We Stand?

Yesterday, Thursday, July 30, marked six months since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, noted that while this was the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared, it is “easily the most severe.” On Tuesday, July 28, WHO described COVID-19 as “one big wave” ...

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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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