Business in Times of Corona – COVID-19 Coverage #coronavirus


Shock and Ore — India’s Love of Gold Goes Beyond Market Prices

Gold is considered the most valuable of all the precious metals — especially in Indian culture. While the fabulous ore

Glued to the Box, or Linked to a Laptop? Streaming is Up-ending Entertainment

Digital consumer habits are reshaping the entertainment industry. A recent report by consulting firm Deloitte found that UK residents are

All the World is But a Console, and Gaming Sector is Thriving

The at-home entertainment industry has thrived as enforced isolation and diminished human contact have drawn more people into gaming. Steam,

John Gandolfo, IFC’s Treasurer: Looking Towards Recovery from Covid-19 and a Green, Resilient, Inclusive Future

The Covid-19 crisis has impacted the health and livelihoods of many millions of people across the planet, and it continues

Sports United by a Common Goal: Getting Bums Safely Back on Seats

Sport has cultural and economic importance; every country celebrates stars and leagues and teams in some form. It’s one of

Click OK and Call Me in the Morning — How Online has Changed Shopping for Meds

Social media have been on about the New Normal since the start of the pandemic. People are still looking forward

The Gig is Up … or Is It?

The gig economy is anything but stable — but it can be the last line of defence in a crisis,

Global Imbalances and the Pandemic

The International Monetary Fund’s tenth annual External Sector Report (ESR, August 2021) shows how current account deficits in the global

World Bank on Sustainable Recovery: The Need for Long-Term Financing

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every country’s health system and economy to a degree not seen for a century or

Poland Closes the Gap and Calms Covid Jitters with a Bold Programme of Reform

The pandemic has brought an end to its 30 years of GDP growth for Poland — but this should be

Bonds: Name of the Game for Cool (and Resilient) Operators

US corporate bonds certainly lack the thrill of that other famous Bond, James. But when it comes to strength and

A COVID-19 Silver Lining: Precision Medicine for Brain & Mental Health

Did you know that nearly 17% of the Swiss population suffer from one or more mental disorders? And that more

World Bank on COVID-19: The Road Back Must Be Green, Resilient, and Inclusive

By Axel van Trotsenburg World Bank Managing Director of Operations COVID-19 has imposed a deeper, more widespread shock than the

Uzbekistan ‘s Enter Engineering announces Covid years project updates and operations guidance

According to Ulugbek Usmanov, General Director at Enter Engineering: “Enter Engineering is involved in a variety of projects central to

Boost R&D to Ensure Sustainable Post-Covid Recovery: Economists

Increased investment in research and development is crucial to post-covid recovery, say economists calling for lasting improvements in the field.

Employers Need to ‘Catch Up’ with Looming Covid Mental Health Crisis

When it comes to workplace wellbeing, there has been a polarised response to the pandemic. A third of UK employees

Hard-Hit but Striking Back: Dubai Finds Correct Balance

Last year, Dubai registered a sharp decline in its population. Almost eight of every 100 inhabitants left the country as

South Africa Teetering on the Edge of Political and Economic Precipice

Keep South Africa Safe: the slogan is stamped on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s favourite facemask, and could refer to more than

UNCTAD: Boosting productive capacities only hope for least developed countries post COVID-19

Without better state capacity – ability to accomplish policy goals – the world’s poorest countries will remain on the margins

WTO: Global trade rebound beats expectations but marked by regional divergences

The resurgence of global economic activity in the first half of 2021 lifted merchandise trade above its pre-pandemic peak, leading

WHO: On new recommendation for treatment of COVID-19 patients: WHO calls for equitable access to casirivimab and imdevimab for COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the addition of another therapeutic to the world’s arsenal against COVID-19, but urges producing companies and

WHO: New storybook to help children stay hopeful during COVID-19

Resource for parents, teachers and health professionals follows hugely successful first edition News release of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference

WTO: Global services trade recovering but below pre-pandemic levels, WTO barometer indicates

The recovery in global services trade looks set to extend into the third quarter of 2021. However, expansion could proceed

World Bank Blogs: Solving the vaccination gaps

Widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines is critical for development. The world is currently faced with heavy COVID-19 caseloads, high death

World Bank Blogs: How the World Bank Group is helping developing countries to vaccinate their populations

Part of the world’s countries are making good progress vaccinating their citizens against COVID-19, which will save lives and get

IFC – Creating Markets: Tech Start-ups Deliver COVID-19 Relief

By Alison Buckholtz Additional reporting contributed by Savani Jayasooriya As the COVID-19 vaccine cavalry readies itself for deployment, Delhi-based health

WHO: Leaders Make Urgent Call To Accelerate Vaccination Globally And In Africa

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and a group of global health leaders today issued an urgent call for vaccine equity

COVID-19 vaccines: from rejection to shortage, how Côte d’Ivoire became a model for managing vaccine hesitancy

One month after Côte d’Ivoire’s vaccination campaign was launched with much fanfare, the great enthusiasm generated by the delivery of

UN News – COVID-19: ‘Unacceptable’ deals and delays, hampering lifesaving COVAX deliveries

While 80 per cent of citizens in high and upper-middle income nations have had a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, that

WHO: Joint COVAX Statement on Supply Forecast for 2021 and early 2022

Twelve months ago, the world came together to support COVAX, a multilateral initiative aimed at guaranteeing global access to life-saving

European Commission – Questions and Answers: The EU and AstraZeneca agree on COVID-19 vaccine supply and on ending litigation

How does the settlement agreement compare in terms of quantity of doses delivered and the timing for delivery with the

IFC Insights: Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs get Creative During COVID-19

By Savani Jayasooriya COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Every Sunday morning for as long as I can remember, my mother has headed to

European Commission on Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated

Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over

WTO: Exports of intermediate goods sustain gains in Q1 of 2021 after rebound from pandemic

World exports of intermediate goods (IG), such as parts and components, rose by 20% year-on-year in the first quarter of

WHO: SAVE THE DATE – Will emerging data allow increased reliance on vaccine immune responses for public health and regulatory decision-making?

The WHO R&D Blueprint is organizing a consultation to discuss emerging evidence towards the establishment of correlates of protection for

WHO: Joint Statement from Unitaid and the World Health Organization (on behalf of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator) regarding availability of tocilizumab

WHO and Unitaid are concerned by Roche’s statement yesterday, warning of a global shortage of tocilizumab (brand name Actemra/RoActemra), an IL6 inhibitor