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 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’.

Narrative six: solidarity responses

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Narrative Six is a call for Solidarity responses to COVID-19 outbreaks. We must unleash local capacity, activate networks, coordinate efforts and use WHO guidance.

Narrative five: rapid, robust and resolute responses

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Narrative Five highlights the urgent need for rapid coordinated effort with multiple actions simultaneously and continuous learning.

Narrative four: the power of people-centred systems leadership

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Narrative Four focuses on the power of people-centred systems leadership to end the COVID-19 pandemic including the need for resolute action by all and systems leadership.

Narrative Three: Business is a Player, Not a Spectator

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Narrative Three discusses the important role of business and the contribution that business leaders can make. All sectors – businesses, civil society and government – have vital roles to play in keeping life going despite the virus.

Narrative Two: Readiness Planning for the Integrated Management of Covid-19

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Narrative Two details readiness planning and the key components of integrated management: engagement of people, organization of public health services, planning provision of clinical care, and preventing societal disruption.

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.

COVID-19 Narrative Sixteen

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Narrative Sixteen considers the fundamental challenges of a new normal, the leadership required (that leaves no-one behind) and the need to establish a Pandemic Emergency Coordination Council now.

COVID-19 Narrative Fifteen

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Narrative Fifteen delves into what reaching a COVID-19 ready state means and the challenges that are inherent in doing so.

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.