International Covid-19 Policy Research and Resources

Global Sources and COVID-19 Tracking

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

The World Health Organisation’s advice, resources, updates and mythbusters for COVID-19.

Governments are taking a wide range of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This tool aims to track and compare policy responses around the world, rigorously and consistently.

COVID-19 Policy Watch

Tracking governments’ responses to the pandemic. Explore policies by country or by topic.

UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab

The UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab works on the emerging issues of knowledge co-production and its translation into inclusive and equity-weighted policies.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Global Health Security Index


COVID-19 Disease Map

Universite du Luxembourg

We aim to establish a knowledge repository of molecular mechanisms of COVID-19 as a broad community-driven effort.
Here we share resources and best practices to develop a COVID-19 Disease Map of these mechanisms.
The COVID-19 Disease Map is an assembly of molecular interaction diagrams, established based on literature evidence.
We focus on host-pathogen interactions specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO)

UWA Public Policy Institute


Grattan Institute

The Conversation

Our itch to share helps spread COVID-19 misinformation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: A study contains bad news and good news about Covid-19 misinformation — and a new insight that may help reduce the problem.

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Protecting scientific diversity

University of Göttingen:

The COVID-19 pandemic means that scientists face great challenges because they have to reorient, interrupt or even cancel research and teaching. A team of international scientists are highlighting the precarious situation of many scientists and calling for a collective effort by the scientific community, especially from its leadership, to protect decades of effort to build an inclusive scientific community.

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Only 1 in 3 COVID-19 research authors are women, and even fewer are senior authors

BM: Women make up only a third of all authors who have published research on COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in January this year, and even fewer of them are senior authors on these papers, suggests a recent analysis.

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How COVID-19 is changing research culture

Landscape trends and cultural changes in the global research system

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Physicians give first comprehensive review of COVID-19's effects outside the lung

From Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Based on their experience treating COVID-19, physicians have assembled critical information about the coronavirus’s effects on organs outside the lungs.

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Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Needs To Be Incorporated Into COVID-19 Recovery Plans To Prevent ‘Massive’ Mental Health Crisis

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Two COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates Induce Immune Response In Healthy Volunteers

Global attitudes to COVID-19 pandemic and response

The Australia Institute’s International & Security Affairs Program surveyed nationally representative samples of people in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and South Korea about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Which COVID-19 models should we use to make policy decisions?

A new process to harness multiple disease models for outbreak management has been developed by an international team of researchers. The team will immediately implement the process to help inform policy decisions for the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Study accurately tracks COVID-19 spread with big data

Researchers have developed a new method to accurately track the spread of COVID-19 using population flow data, and establishing a new risk assessment model to identify high-risk locales of COVID-19 at an early stage, which serves as a valuable toolkit to public health experts and policy makers in implementing infectious disease control during new outbreaks.

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The economic impact of COVID-19 on African cities likely to be acute through a sharp decline in productivity, jobs & revenues

As part of its analysis to inform COVID-19 policy responses, the Economic Commission for Africa, is calling for adequate consideration of the vulnerability of city economies as African governments consolidate efforts and define stimulus measures to mitigate national and regional economic impacts.

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Navigating the clean energy transition during the COVID-19 crisis

:In a Commentary published April 29 in the journal Joule, energy and climate policy researchers in Switzerland and Germany provide a framework for responsibly and meaningfully integrating policies supporting the clean energy transition into the COVID-19 response in the weeks, months, and years to come.

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COVID-19: Exposing & Exacerbating Global Inequality

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds and the global economy grinds to a halt, how has this pandemic exposed inequalities in access to medical care, employment, and countries’ abilities to protect their citizens?

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What social scientists need us to know

From the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab

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Gender Equality is a Key Factor for Sustainable, Inclusive and Equitable Growth: Alicia Bárcena

“The future post COVID-19 needs women,” ECLAC’s Executive Secretary stressed during a virtual seminar organized by UN Women on domestic violence in the context of the current crisis.

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How Digital Contact Tracing Slowed Covid-19 in East Asia

But this use of technology raises sobering policy questions about data sovereignty and privacy.

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During coronavirus, we need social sciences and humanities more than ever. This is why

To really understand how this pandemic is impacting all of us, and what we can do about it, we should look to social sciences, humanities and the arts. These areas have a lot to offer in the time of coronavirus — in ways that might surprise you.

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The ABCs of the post-COVID economic recovery

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World Health Assembly Resolution On COVID-19 Response: The Stark Choices Faced In A Polarized World Of Global Health

As the 73rd World Health Assembly approaches, the European Union-sponsored draft resolution on the COVID-19 response is gathering steam and storm as it rolls closer to the planned opening of the Assembly on 18 May – with far less clarity about how it might actually hit the shores of the public debate. 

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Rare, Severe COVID-19-Associated Illness Reported In UK and US Children

A rare, severe inflammatory illness – largely believed to be associated with COVID-19 – is putting children in ICUs in the United Kingdom and the United States. 

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What Is Next for Online Learning During and After COVID-19

While there will be an announcement at some point about a gradual return to “normal”, it will in fact be some time before any semblance of normal is the reality. As a result, faculty, instructors, colleges, universities, and other education and training providers must prepare for a prolonged period of teaching online.

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Fighting Misinformation During COVID-19

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale on Tuesday, we marked International Nurses Day, a day for the world to focus on the invaluable role that nurses play in our society. They not only have a tremendous role in health settings but are also crucial for the economic wellbeing and national security of the world.

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Global COVID-19 registry finds strokes associated with COVID-19 are more severe, have worse outcomes and higher mortality

American Heart Association: Patients with COVID-19 who have an acute ischemic stroke (AIS) experience more severe strokes, have worse functional outcomes and are more likely to die of stroke than AIS patients who do not have COVID-19. The wide range of complications associated with COVID-19 likely explain the worse outcomes.

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COVID-19 brain complications found across the globe

University of Liverpool: Cases of brain complications linked to COVID-19 are occurring across the globe, a new review has shown. The research found that strokes, delirium and other neurological complications are reported from most countries where there have been large outbreaks of the disease.

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Gender experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown

From The Australia Institute

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Science disinformation in a time of pandemic

From the Public Policy Forum

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New Digital Tools Bring Up Old Ethical Dilemmas Around Public Health Surveillance In The COVID-19 Response

Study supports link between COVID-19 and 'COVID Toes'

A new study provides evidence supporting a link between ‘COVID toes’ — red sores or lesions on the feet and hands in children and young adults — and COVID-19.

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Teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: a practical guide

International Labour Organisation

The purpose of this guide is to provide practical and actionable recommendations for effective teleworking that are applicable to a broad range of actors; to support policymakers in updating existing policies; and to provide a flexible framework through which both private enterprises and public sector organisations can develop or update their own teleworking policies and practices.

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Elsevier Coronavirus Research Hub

Elsevier coronavirus and Covid-19 related full text articles and chapters will be provided for as long as needed while the public health emergency is ongoing. Research tools and selected Virology and Infectious Disease Journals are open to coronavirus researchers through 28th of October 2020.

Access the Research Hub

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