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Healthcare Technologies and COVID-19: Speed is Not Always a Good Thing

With a focus on tests, treatments, and a vaccine, we take a look at the emerging global clinical and economic evidence-base underpinning some of these technologies, the mechanisms (mostly global) for financing these commodities, and, finally, the decision-making processes for selecting technologies. This includes identifying the right subpopulations and negotiating a cost-effective tiered price across countries and regions.

A COVID-19 testing site in Madagascar

Including Immigrants is Good Policy Not Just During the Pandemic, but Afterwards Too

Inclusive policy changes spurred by COVID-19 have so far been limited and temporary, but as governments chart a path to recovery, immigrants and citizens alike would benefit from their extension well beyond the pandemic. This blog highlights two areas—access to the labor market and healthcare—where pandemic-related inclusive responses for immigrants should continue, expand, and pave the way for long-run positive change.

Humanitarian Financing Is Failing the COVID-19 Frontlines

Longstanding weaknesses in the humanitarian business model are undermining the COVID-19 response in fragile and conflict affected states. Extensive delays, poor mechanisms for tracking disbursement of funds from intermediaries to implementers, and persistent obstacles to financing local actors are preventing funds from reaching organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. Donor governments have generously contributed nearly $2.5bn in humanitarian COVID-19 financing.

A bar chart comparing cases over a similar timeframe from the four models, with ICL and the SA consortium much higher than the other two

What Can Policymakers Learn about COVID-19 from Looking at Different Model Estimates?

Because of the uncertainties that complicate modelling, there is value in different research groups working independently to build models. Different models will employ different methods, data, and assumptions and will seek to answer different policy questions. Here we take a look from an end-user’s perspective at what models can tell us, by looking for one example country, the Republic of South Africa.

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Using Military Health Systems in the Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has placed an unimaginable strain on health systems across the world, especially in regions that have been hit hardest. Some countries have utilised their armed forces to assist the civilian response to the COVID-19 crisis. Recognising the important relationship between the military and medical institutions this blog outlines how militaries around the world–but specifically in eight European countries–have been feeding into the COVID-19 response.

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Evidence-Based Decision Making During COVID-19: How to Navigate Extreme Uncertainty and Urgency

Evidence-based policy generation is an aspiration more than reality at the best of times. With COVID-19 generating extreme uncertainty and urgency of action across the world, it has become harder than ever. This blog considers three areas where both researchers and policymakers need to engage more effectively: asking better questions; being clearer about how well we can answer them; and broadening collaboration and challenge.