Pandemics and epidemics pose risks to lives, societies, and economies, and their frequency is expected to increase as rising trade and increased human interaction with animals leads to the emergence of new diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic teaches us that we can and must be better prepared, with scope for much greater global coordination to address the financing, supply-chain, and trade barriers that amplified the pandemic’s economic costs and contributed to the emergence of new variants. This paper draws seven early lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform future policy priorities and help shape a better global response to future crises.
much greater global coordination. While it is too early for a full accounting of the global response to the pandemic, in this paper we draw seven early lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that could inform the global response in the future. This paper complements recent work on financing for future pandemics and for the global commons (for example, G20 HLIP 2021; Pandemic Preparedness Partnership 2021 ; Agarwal, Farrar, Gopinath, Hatchett, and Sands 2022 ).
II. Seven Financing and TradeLessons from COVID-19
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