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Pandemic leadership: beware of anecdotes

Leaders with science training have not outperformed other leaders in terms of their countries’ coronavirus responses - nor have women or populists. 

By: Mark Hallerberg and Joachim Wehner Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 11, 2021
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Working Paper

Reducing mobility of SARS-CoV-2 variants to safeguard containment

Escape variants can cause new waves of COVID-19 and put vaccination strategies at risk. To prevent or delay the global spread of these waves, virus mobility needs to be minimised through screening and testing strategies, which should also cover vaccinated people. The costs of these strategies are minimal compared to the costs to health, society and economy from another wave.

By: Martin Hellwig, Viola Priesemann and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: May 4, 2021
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Vaccine diplomacy: soft power lessons from China and Russia?

The rocky start to the European Union’s vaccination rollout has allowed Moscow and Beijing to score political points in the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe.

By: Michael Leigh Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: April 27, 2021
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Africa's battle with COVID-19

How can we ensure a worldwide balanced and inclusive recovery from the Covid pandemic?

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: April 21, 2021
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An update: Vaccination in the EU

Progress has been made, but more progress is needed.

By: J. Scott Marcus and Niclas Poitiers Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 17, 2021
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Persistent COVID-19: Exploring potential economic implications

We see three main economic implications of a scenario of recurrent outbreaks: lasting border restrictions, repeated lockdowns and enduring effects on the composition of both supply and demand. We explore each of these implications in turn.

By: Olivier Blanchard and Jean Pisani-Ferry Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: March 12, 2021
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Fair vaccine access is a goal Europe cannot afford to miss

COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in the fastest-moving countries show signs of reinforcing inequality. European Union countries can avoid these pitfalls.

By: Lionel Guetta-Jeanrenaud and Mario Mariniello Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 4, 2021
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Opinion

Aiming for zero COVID-19: Europe needs to take action

Aiming for 'green zones' offers a clear path to navigate an exit from the pandemic with as little damage as possible. Europe should not miss the opportunity to build on its strength and unity.

By: Miquel Oliu Barton, Bary Pradelski and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: February 17, 2021
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Opinion

Why has the EU been so slow to roll out a Covid vaccination programme?

Europe was not prepared for the pandemic, but it must now learn lessons and use all its financial and political resources.

By: Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 28, 2021
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Opinion

A Global Pandemic Alarm Bell

The appearance of new strains of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil has given the world no choice but to design and implement a comprehensive global strategy. So, what's stopping that from happening?

By: Jean Pisani-Ferry Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 26, 2021
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Where did the vaccine strategy go wrong?

“We have to open our mind, we have to look internationally. Because if we don’t, COVID-19 is going to stay with us.”

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 20, 2021
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What do vaccination passports mean for Europe?

To the extent that vaccination against COVID-19 stops individuals infecting others, restrictions on vaccinated individuals’ rights should be lifted: fundamental freedoms should not be limited unnecessarily. Nevertheless, acceptance of vaccination passports depends on whether the vaccination allocation timeline is perceived as fair.

By: Lionel Guetta-Jeanrenaud, Mario Mariniello and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 20, 2021
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