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What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.

The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.

As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Google has released data on people’s movements during lockdown, according to an article published recently in The Conversation. The data was gathered from millions of mobile devices that use its software (Android, Google Maps and so on) and provides a never-before-seen look at how populations move during a pandemic. According to the data, lockdowns didn't always impact people's behaviour, especially as lockdown fatigue set in or as infection rates stabilized. As some countries could be facing a second wave, understanding how people reacted to different measures could help countries design methods that fit best for their specific needs and populations.

Have you been staying at home?
Have you been staying at home?
Image: The Conversation

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds that COVID-19 has impacted the amount of hours UK working mothers can actually spend doing paid work. Their working hours have fallen, according to an article published this week in Agenda, and they spend more time on childcare than working fathers. A reduction in time spent on paid work could have lasting impacts on women's careers after the pandemic ends, said the IFS.

Mothers in the UK are spending more lockdown time on childcare and housework than fathers.
Mothers in the UK are spending more lockdown time on childcare and housework than fathers.
Image: IFS

4. The Great Reset - this week's World Vs Virus podcast
This week's World Vs Virus focuses entirely to the launch of the Great Reset - a project from the World Economic Forum designed to bring the world's best minds together to seek a better, fairer, greener, healthier planet as it rebuild from the pandemic.

This week's episode features a range of voices from leaders from around the world including: HRH The Prince of Wales, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, labour representative Sharan Burrow and the chief executives of Microsoft, MasterCard and BP.

Find all previous episodes of World Vs Virus here.

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