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As new cases continue to emerge, what will be the lasting impact of the novel coronavirus?
At CGD, we are examining the toll that the spread of COVID-19 is taking on global development—people, systems, and economies—and how governments and international organizations can best respond. Our experts are also assessing global pandemic preparedness and financing, and in particular how the outbreak will and is affecting low- and middle-income countries—including in Africa—with already-stretched health systems. Drawing upon our work on strengthening health systems and lessons from the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we’ve put together options on how global institutions and countries can better respond and prepare for pandemic threats today and in the future. In the race to develop a vaccine, CGD experts are working to leverage the "missing middle"—the private sector and middle-income countries, as well as developed economies. Read about their proposal for a benefits-based advanced market commitment (BBAMC).
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How did children learn while schools were closed during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic? In this paper we evaluate the effectiveness of live tutoring calls from teachers, using a randomized controlled trial with 4,399 primary school students in Sierra Leone.
India lacks an authoritative estimate of the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. We report excess mortality estimates from three different data sources from the pandemic’s start through June 2021. Estimating COVID-deaths with statistical confidence may prove elusive. But all estimates suggest that the death toll from the pandemic is likely to be an order of magnitude greater than the official count of 400,000; they also suggest that the first wave was more lethal than is believed.