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    Finding the Origins of COVID-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Research into the source of the pandemic has so far proved to be inconclusive. That has not only kept both major hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – alive, but has also undermined strident claims by some representatives of the two main camps.

    explains why both main hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – remain viable.
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    The G7 Vaccine Charade

    James K. Galbraith

    The US and Europe are offering low- and middle-income countries crumbs, so that they can protect their billionaires, their pharmaceutical lobbies, and their campaign contributions. This has created an opening for China and Russia – and both are rushing into the breach.

    warns that while the US and Europe have promised more doses, many countries will look to China and Russia.
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    Back to Health: Making Up for Lost Time

    The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare systemic inequities that will have to be addressed if we are ever going to build more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive societies. In Back to Health: Making Up for Lost Time, leading experts examined the immediate legacy of the pandemic and explored solutions for bringing all communities and societies back to health.

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op_sachs2_HECTOR RETAMALAFP via Getty Images_wuhancovid Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Finding the Origins of COVID-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Research into the source of the pandemic has so far proved to be inconclusive. That has not only kept both major hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – alive, but has also undermined strident claims by some representatives of the two main camps.

explains why both main hypotheses – natural occurrence and a research-related release – remain viable.
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America’s Longest War

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  2. Olusegun Obasanjo Olusegun Obasanjo ,
  3. Ricardo Lagos Ricardo Lagos ,
  4. César Gaviria César Gaviria ,
  5. Abdul Tejan-Cole Abdul Tejan-Cole ,
  6. Nana Afadzinu Nana Afadzinu ,
  7. Tlaleng Mofokeng Tlaleng Mofokeng ,
  8. Patsilí Toledo Patsilí Toledo

Fifty years after US President Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs,” America’s strategy of repression has succeeded only in increasing violent crime, corruption, preventable disease, and incarceration. But what should replace this tried-and-failed prohibitionist approach if President Joe Biden’s administration decides to abandon it?

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China’s Population Bust

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  1. Zhang Jun,
  2. Shang-Jin Wei,
  3. Nancy Qian,
  4. Adair Turner,
  5. Frank Götmark,
  6. Robin Maynard

Recently published census data showing that the world’s most populous country is aging rapidly and becoming less fertile have alarmed the government. But further relaxing China’s family-planning policy may not have the desired effect, and could even prove counterproductive.

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Biden’s Grand Tour

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  2. Charles A. Kupchan,
  3. Ana Palacio,
  4. Simone Tagliapietra,
  5. Joseph S. Nye, Jr.,
  6. Anne O. Krueger,
  7. Joschka Fischer

His first visit to Europe since taking office gives US President Joe Biden an opportunity to exorcise the toxic legacy of Donald Trump’s America First nationalism and isolationism. But will he succeed in promoting multilateral cooperation on global challenges while also forging a robust Western stance toward China?

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