Countries can minimize the economic risk of epidemics by investing in the tools needed to predict disease emergence.
Crafting small business support efforts to specific country circumstances could help save millions of livelihoods in poor communities and fortify economies against future shocks.
As the pandemic continues, the supply chains producing vital personal protective equipment are starting to fail, causing shortages. Countries and international organizations can fill these gaps by working together.
Hunger and malnutrition were an increasing problem worldwide before the pandemic. Restrictions imposed to curb disease spread have disrupted local and international food supply chains, making the problem even more urgent.
Governments in Asia and the Pacific must think about two things when restarting their economies: when to do it and how.
Bold action is required by policymakers and central bankers to keep the region’s economies afloat and contain the pandemic.
The pandemic reinforces the need for reliable energy services to support healthcare. Clean, renewable power is a good place to start.
The Asia-Pacific region has the expertise and resources to take a leadership role in not only developing a COVID-19 vaccine but distributing it to those who need it most.
The pandemic is producing more household waste and increased amounts of dangerous medical waste. We need to manage these changes for our immediate safety and for the long-term welfare of our communities.
The global response to COVID-19 should also be a springboard for action on climate change resilience so we can narrow the divide between rich and poor and keep everyone safe.