COVID-19 Webinar Series
The Response to COVID-19 in South Asia
Full-Length: The Response to COVID-19 in South Asia
Clip: Sabina Faiz Rashid: What Does Lockdown Mean for South Asian Communities?
What has been the impact of the policy response to COVID-19 on the ground in South Asia? Were these policies proportionate and appropriate? What consequences might they have? This panel provides an overview of the varied in-region responses to the virus and their impact on the health system and social sector.
Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
Richard Cash, Senior Lecturer on Global Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Sabina Faiz Rashid, Dean and Professor, BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Shamika Ravi, Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
Assessing the Response to COVID-19 in South Asia with Richard Cash and Srinath Reddy
The Science Behind COVID-19
The Science Behind COVID-19
Clip: Caroline Buckee: Tracking Mobility & the Spread of COVID-19
This panel provides a deeper understanding of the science behind the COVID-19 virus. Panelists explore the place of science in the COVID-19 response and transmission of the virus throughout South Asia by analyzing mobile network data.
Jennifer Leaning, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Caroline Buckee, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
Victoria D’Souza, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Educational Responses to COVID-19 in South Asia
COVID-19 has shut down traditional education programs throughout South Asia, from primary education to higher education. This panel discusses the unique challenges the region is facing in the education sector, such as access to technology and the potential long-term effects of distance learning. Additionally, the panelists address two pressing questions: 1) What will be the short- and long-term effects of this disruption to education? and 2) how are countries responding and preparing to mitigate these effects?
Zainab Qureshi, LEAPS Director, Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Harvard Kennedy School
Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Director, Center for International Development; Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development, Harvard Kennedy School
Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education; Faculty Director, International Education Policy
Entrepreneurs and the COVID-19 Global Reset in South Asia
Enterprises have found themselves caught in the COVID-19 maelstrom across South Asia. This webinar explores the extent to which entrepreneurs have been able to work with both the state and civil society to limit the damage and distress caused by the pandemic, but also to begin exploring new opportunities that a possible “global reset” has opened up to the developing world.
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Mittal Institute
Rajeeb Samdani, Co-Founder and Trustee, Samdani Art Foundation; Managing Director, Golden Harvest Group
Osman Khalid Waheed, CEO, Ferozsons Laboratories Limited; Founder and Chair, Lahore Biennale Foundation
Science, Business, and Vaccine Development to Combat the Pandemic
Through the lens of a contemporary case study, this webinar explores the geopolitics of how vaccines are developed, the funding and distribution methods that are critical to the effort, and the global alliances that facilitate this in the world today, focusing on the South Asia context. Panelists discuss the mechanics and commerce of vaccine development and the critical role that science and business can play in combating pandemics such as COVID-19.
Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University
David E. Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics & Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute; Vice Chairperson, The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Umang Vohra, Managing Director & Global Chief Executive Officer, Cipla Ltd.