Briefings

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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COVID-19 Briefing: World Health Assembly Special Edition

On Monday, May 18, the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) opened as a virtual forum for the first time in its history. WHA brought together the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 194 Member States against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching health, economic, and political impacts. The WHO budget crisis (triggered by ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Focus on Testing

On Monday, May 4, world leaders and philanthropic organizations pledged $8.1 billion to the COVID-19 response to support research, manufacturing and distribution of possible diagnostics, vaccines and treatments. Spearheaded by the European Union, the pledging event brought leaders together virtually to highlight the critical need for international cooperation to mitigate the crisis. The U.S., conspicuous by ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Public-Private Partnerships

On Monday, April 27, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), called for a renewed focus on primary care services, such as vaccinations, in the midst of the pandemic. Noting that COVID-19 has threatened immunization campaigns and other essential health services, Dr. Tedros asserted that if such needs go unmet, “The tragic result is ...

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