Social and welfare issues

The impact of COVID-19 on social and welfare issues


The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerabilities in health systems can have profound implications for health, economic progress, trust in governments, and social cohesion.

Containing and mitigating the spread and infection rate of the virus continue to be essential. But so is strengthening the capacity of health systems to respond swiftly and effectively. This includes administering COVID-19 vaccines. After lightening speed development and testing, vaccine campaigns are rolling out in many countries. But questions about production, delivery and equitable access remain, not least for low and middle-income countries.


This page features the latest OECD work on the impact of COVID-19 on a range of social issues, along with OECD recommendations and policy advice on how to build back better for everyone.


All OECD COVID-19 Policy Briefs are available at

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