COVID-19 Narratives
by Dr David Nabarro

On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD, was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19. In this role, David provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic.

The following Narratives are being written by David and peers to share with those who want more information about the situation and to help raise the awareness and readiness of all actors.

COVID-19 Narratives
by Dr David Nabarro

On 21 February 2020, Dr David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Imperial College Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD, was appointed as one of six Special Envoys to the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General on COVID-19. In this role, David provides strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement in different parts of the world to help WHO coordinate the global response to the pandemic.

The following Narratives are being written by David and peers to share with those who want more information about the situation and to help raise the awareness and readiness of all actors.

COVID-19 Narrative Fourteen

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Narrative Fourteen analyses the introduction of lockdowns in areas where transmission is occurring. A lockdown means restrictions on movement and association, with priority given to essential services like food and healthcare whilst dramatically reducing the nature and number of person-to-person interactions.

COVID-19 Narrative Thirteen

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Narrative Thirteen details three important elements needed for a collective response – Public Health, Fiscal, and Community Resilience – and recognises the role of women’s leadership in the response.

COVID-19 Narrative Twelve

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Narrative Twelve dives into the reality of struggles faced by local authorities in a small french village where decisions are made and evolve quickly, whilst citizens search for immediate reasons and answers.

COVID-19 Narrative Eleven

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Narrative Eleven takes a step back from the emergency as a threat to our health and considers the economic shocks, impact on businesses, poverty and social consequences of the crisis. It concludes with a useful approach for policymakers to tackle such a complex problem.

COVID-19 Narrative Ten

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Narrative Ten takes a sincere look at the position leaders’ are in – their decisions are changing by the day, not necessarily because they are making mistakes, but simply because the situation is rapidly evolving.

COVID-19 Narrative Nine

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Narrative Nine builds on Narrative Three by detailing how big business, small business and the self-employed are affected, ways to contribute to the response, and most importantly, the need to act quickly and decisively.

Narrative Eight

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It will take the world much longer to suppress this pandemic if nations continue to work independently and are inconsistent in their application of WHO guidance” – This narrative collates Dr David Nabarro’s thoughts as G20 leaders prepare for the “Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit” early this week.

COVID-19 Narrative Seven

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As countries all around the world enter the most restrictive peacetime measures they may have experienced, people everywhere will experience a range of moods and emotions that will impact on their lives. The overall message for now is: ‘Be Fast, No Blame, No Regrets’.

SPOTLIGHT: Business leadership for social and economic continuity in the new COVID reality

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An opinion piece by Dr David Nabarro in his role of Special Envoy to the World Health Organization (WHO) on COVID-19 and Founder and Principal of 4SD, and Peter Bakker representing the global business leadership voice as WBCSD’s President and CEO.

28 April 2020, COVID-19 Narratives

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“There is an enormous amount of learning underway but it may take months to resolve some of the unknowns about the pattern of spread and effectiveness of alternative suppression strategies. And we should not assume that the virus will go on behaving as it does now.” – Dr David Nabarro

21 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Twenty

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Narrative Twenty stresses that now is the time to prepare for COVID-ready workplaces – workplaces will be ahead if they are already consider how to adapt and recognise issues like physical distancing and managing leave for those who feel ill.

20 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Nineteen

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My emphasis in this message is for the need for all communities quickly to become alert and ready for COVID. This is because the virus is going to remain in our midst for the foreseeable future. I do not think it will disappear any time soon. – Dr David Nabarro

10 April 2020, COVID-19 Narrative Eighteen

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Narrative Eighteen dives further into “COVID-readiness” by looking at key aspects of the economy including the need to protect the lowest-paid people, valuing and rewarding women especially for the roles they play in essential health care, food systems and social care and the deployment of bold measures to lessen the economic and social impact of the restrictions on activities and movement.

COVID-19 Narrative Seventeen

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Narrative Seventeen poses seven potential questions to help understand the sequence needed to ease away from a lockdown. Decision-makers will be considering multiple factors when deciding how best to do this.
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