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    The Fastest Way Out of the Pandemic

    Seth Berkley, et al.

    During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, a few countries cornered the vaccine market, leaving the vast majority of the global population with no vaccine at all until the outbreak was effectively over. This scenario must be avoided at all costs during the current crisis – and, thanks to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, it can be.

    argue that the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility is the key to overcoming the coronavirus.
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    G20, Heal Thyself

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    As the world’s largest economies, the G20’s members have one overriding responsibility at their finance ministers' upcoming meeting: to agree on actions to suppress the pandemic. Ensuring effective public-health measures is today’s essential economic policy.

    urges the finance ministers meeting this week to focus on policies needed to suppress the pandemic.
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The Developing World Has an Alternative to Debt

Hernando de Soto

With COVID-19 inflicting massive economic costs around the world, the two billion people working in informal sectors will be the hardest hit. But if these workers are brought into the fold of the global economy, they can tap into huge stores of wealth that already lie at their fingertips.

calls for an organized push to harness all of the untapped “dead capital” across the informal economy.
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Big Tech’s Big Test

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  1. Michael Chertoff Michael Chertoff ,
  2. Stéphane Duguin Stéphane Duguin ,
  3. Stephanie Hankey Stephanie Hankey ,
  4. Alexander Klimburg Alexander Klimburg ,
  5. Latha Reddy Latha Reddy ,
  6. Kenneth Rogoff Kenneth Rogoff ,
  7. Marietje Schaake Marietje Schaake ,
  8. John  B. Taylor John B. Taylor

By forcing much of the world to go online, the COVID-19 crisis has rapidly broadened the global technology debate beyond questions of surveillance and privacy. The digital policies that governments adopt today will increasingly shape how we work, learn, and entertain ourselves – and how we manage future crises.

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The United States Blues

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  1. Anne Case,
  2. Angus Deaton,
  3. Harold James,
  4. Chen Long,
  5. Lenny Mendonca,
  6. Nouriel Roubini,
  7. Michael Spence,
  8. Joseph E. Stiglitz,
  9. Laura Tyson

Not long ago, America was the unchallenged global hegemon. But as inept leadership fuels an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases amid deepening economic distress and nationwide protests against systemic racism and police violence, many are wondering whether the US can govern itself, much less lead the world.

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The Gendered Pandemic

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  1. Beth English,
  2. Henrietta H. Fore,
  3. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
  4. Arancha González,
  5. Natalia Kanem,
  6. Shannon Kowalski,
  7. Ann Linde,
  8. Sandie Okoro,
  9. Raj Persaud,
  10. Kelly Pike,
  11. Paul Prettitore,
  12. Kevin Watkins

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the challenges facing women and girls, and threatens to roll back recent progress toward greater equality and empowerment. Unless governments’ pandemic responses take gender into account, the most vulnerable could be left behind altogether.




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The African Century

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The COVID-19 Crisis

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