About a year ago, in March 2020, people worldwide were having their last workday in the office. Although life has slowly begun to return to some level of normalcy in some places, at least for now, in many others – perhaps most –, people with desk jobs are still working from home. At the IDB, in March 2020, we began organizing a series of webinars about COVID-19, … [Read more...] about A one-stop shop for our webinars on COVID-19
What is the Mercredi de Réflexion? The Mercedi de Réflexion is a monthly meeting organized by the IDB Haiti Country Office that tackles relevant topics for the country’s development and economic growth. These meetings bring to the table sector specialists, academics, politicians and members of civil society to … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out in Haiti: 3 takeaways from a Mercredi de Réflexion
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting lives and economies. The World Bank estimates global GDP losses of US$12 trillion over 2020-2021, implying a US$500 million benefit to ending the pandemic just one month sooner. In this context, we need access to a safe and effective vaccine on a faster schedule than ever before achieved for a new disease. This will require significant … [Read more...] about 3 reasons why countries should purchase COVID-19 Vaccines at Risk
With the sudden halt to face-to-face education, parents across the world juggle distance and hybrid education models. In addition to being parents and often full-time employees, overnight they suddenly also became full time educators and classroom managers. The additional burden on parents comes at the cost of decreased mental health. In Latin America, the ministries of … [Read more...] about 61,000 parents share how school and ECD Center closings take a toll on their mental health
It is no news that we are all looking forward to the COVID-19 vaccine. But to believe that finding one - or several - vaccines will be the panacea and immediately end the pandemic is a mistake. Three fundamental questions explain why the vaccine does not provide an immediate solution. The first and most obvious, the date: when will the vaccine be ready? The second question is … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 vaccine: when, how, and at what price?