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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COVID-19 Briefing: Health Disparities Around the World – Can We Close the Gap?

While we’re starting to see early signs of a flattening curve of new infections in some hotspots, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to overwhelm health systems and communities around the world, with COVID-19 related deaths rising every day. It’s been clear from the outset that mortality rates are highest among older populations, and that risk only increases with ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Mental Health in Crisis

Even in normal times, mental health is a chronically overlooked and under-resourced area of global health, nearly everywhere in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on mental health – for patients, their families and caregivers, health providers and the general public – is magnifying these challenges given the growing demand for services but limited access to ...

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How Congress can address the international dimensions of the COVID-19 response

As the U.S. Congress debates the fourth COVID-19 emergency supplemental package, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Rabin Martin CEO, and George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development at The Brookings Institution, urge leaders to prioritize funding international development initiatives. “The scale of the current crisis demands urgent action in the short term, but action to build resilience ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 continues to strain health systems around the world. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General confirms that hospitals across the country are confronting severe shortages of critical supplies, including tests, ventilators and protective equipment, as they work to combat the growing COVID-19 crisis. A coalition of ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Spotlight on Patients and Providers

Every evening at 7pm, people around the world are taking a moment to stand in solidarity, applauding healthcare providers and essential service workers for their tireless and selfless efforts to combat the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Globally, healthcare workers and critical support staff – doctors, nurses, patient care assistants, technicians, food service works, custodians and ...

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COVID-19 Briefing: Making Hard Choices on the COVID-19 Pandemic

‘I want America to understand, this week it’s going to get bad,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Monday, March 23. While some countries, like China, are beginning to turn the tide on COVID-19 (due to rigorous testing, isolation, social distancing and more), others are only at the beginning stages. Cases in the ...

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