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Martina Szabo

This is how the World Economic Forum is supporting COVID-19 vaccination

The World Economic Forum's COVID Action Platform brings together global leaders to solve issues from supply chains to increasing confidence in vaccines.

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COVID-19 testing in the workplace: Check out the new global employer dashboard and hear from experts in an upcoming webinar

As featured in The New York Times, the COVID-19 Workplace Commons is Arizona State University's innovative initiative - in partnership with the World Economic Forum and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation - that provides timely and accessible data on workplace reopening, testing approaches and other employer changes due to COVID-19.

The Commons initiative has surveyed 1,125 employers across 1,141 facilities in 29 countries, and launched a new report, "Facing Uncertainty: The Challenges of COVID-19 in the Workplace" that can be found here.

Survey findings can also be found in a new interactive dashboard, which notes the following findings:

  • Few employers are testing their employees regularly when they come to work because they find the tests too costly (28%), too complicated to implement (22%), or they are concerned about the accuracy of the tests (18%).
  • Nearly three-fourths (74%) of companies report they require masks for their employees, and nearly 80% make masks and hand sanitizer available.
  • Only 36% of companies had disaster or emergency response plans in place pre-COVID-19, and of those only 39% had plans specifically for epidemics or pandemics; 47% of those said their plan was useful for the pandemic.
Image: Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions, COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons
Image: Arizona State University, College of Health Solutions, COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons

The Workplace Commons will be updated through two additional surveys in 2021 that will capture the changing responses and experiences of employers as the pandemic unfolds. To sign up for future surveys or to provide a case study, get involved in the project.

Upcoming Webinar: Leading Innovation Through Uncertain Times

Innovation, collaboration and flexibility are critical for successful leadership as COVID-19 continues to impact the livelihoods of us all. Join the free webinar on 16 December from 11.00am - 12.00pm Eastern Time to hear from Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University, and Dr. Rajiv Shah, President, the Rockefeller Foundation, on how strong leaders are using innovative solutions to optimize the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Learn more about the survey and read the report on the approach employers are taking on testing, contact tracing, facility safety, pandemic response, financial impact and pandemic preparedness.

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