Tackling coronavirus (COVID 19)

What are the impacts and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our lives and our societies? And what are the possible solutions to boost our healthcare systems, secure our businesses, maintain our jobs and education, and stabilise financial markets and economies?

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  • Gender: Women leaders fight inequality in cities

    8 March 2021

    OECD Podcast: International Women's Day on 8 March is important this year as COVID-19 threatens decades of progress towards gender equality. In this tale of two cities, Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria in Canada and Diana Rodriguez Franco, Secretary of Women's Issues in Bogotá, Colombia, explain how women in leadership can make a difference.

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  • Economy: OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.5% in January

    3 March 2021

    Annual inflation in the OECD area picked up to 1.5% in January 2021, compared with 1.2% in December 2020. Inflation was stable in the United States at 1.4%, but the inflation rate of 0.9% in the Euro area was sharply up compared with -0.3% in December. In Japan, overall prices continued to fall but at a slower pace than in December.

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  • Fighting crime: OECD calls on countries to crack down on the professionals enabling tax and white collar crimes

    23 February 2021

    Countries should increase efforts to detect and deter the activities of professionals who enable tax evasion and other financial crimes. A new report, Ending the Shell Game: Cracking down on the Professionals who enable Tax and White Collar Crimes, explores the strategies and actions that countries can take against such white collar crimes.

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  • COVID-19 & vaccines: We must not fail humanity’s greatest test

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    5 February 2021

    By Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General: The lack of international co-operation risks failing the most crucial test: that of vaccinating widely enough to eradicate COVID-19 everywhere. This failure could lead to an unmitigated economic and social disaster. No country is leaving this COVID-19 disaster behind unless we act together.

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  • OECD: New policy advisory board for young people to be launched

    5 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on young people’s lives, on their health and well-being, their education and their work. At the OECD, our goal is better policies for better lives, and we need young people to help us shape those policies for a brighter future. That is why we are launching Youthwise, a new advisory board. Apply today.

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  • March on Gender 2021

    "Empowering the recovery through women’s leadership” is the theme for the OECD’s March on Gender initiative 2021. See the programme for International Women’s Day 8 March and other events, as well as our OECD Podcast.

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  • Vaccines equity and resilience building: two tests for global solidarity. Watch now.


    Discussion with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and political leaders. With Zeinab Badawi; recorded Monday 8 Feb.

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  • Housing: Covid-19 is amplifying the need for more investment in affordable housing

    The COVID-19 crisis has compounded the difficulties that people face in finding and keeping good quality, affordable housing.

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  • Coronavirus hub data insights

    OECD indicator on health spending, G7, 2018 or latest year available.

    Healthcare spending, healthcare use, hospital stays, vaccination rates, doctor consultations, and more. Find OECD data for your country, with dynamic charts, maps, tables and related publications at

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  • Health essentials from OECD iLibrary


    "What role might the social outcomes of education play during the COVID-19 lockdown?", “Health for Everyone?: Social Inequalities in Health and Health Systems”; "Taxing Wages”. For these reports and more, including working papers, journals and articles, visit OECD iLibrary.

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