The COVID-19 global pandemic has shown the world that no governments from either developed or developing nations were ready to prevent or to manage such an abrupt external shock. The uncertainty surrounding the virus and its suppression, the undefined timeframe potentially needed (12-18 months) to deliver effective treatments and vaccines and the consequences of extending periods of lockdown and confinement, the absence of a clear strategy on the return to “normality” post-lockdown without risking entering another infectious wave, together with the global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put undue pressure on economies and financial markets world-wide. Strict containment, lockdown and mobility restriction measures seem to be effective when it comes to saving lives, but at a high financial and economic cost. This webinar, motivated by the recently published study on “COVID-19 in the Mediterranean and Africa: Diagnosis, Policy Responses, Preliminary Assessment and Way forward”, will discuss the effectiveness and socio-economic impact of policy measures taken in the Euro-Mediterranean and Africa, with a view to further advancing the policy response assessment at three levels:
- Preparedness and effectiveness of healthcare systems;
- Completeness and timeliness of COVID-19 containment policies; and
- Comprehensiveness (and solidarity) of socio-economic mitigation policies.