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July 28, 2021

Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines
The COVID-19 Vaccination Challenge: Lessons From History

Vaccines are a major public health success story, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the many challenges involved in getting a vaccine to everyone who needs it.

July 27, 2021

South Africa
South Africa’s Biovac Strikes Deal to Make COVID-19 Vaccine

A partnership between Pfizer and the Biovac Institute in Cape Town, South Africa will allow Biovac to manufacture the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Production will start early in 2022, with the goal of producing 100 million doses annually.

A South African flag is seen in front of a flag of Biovac, a South African public-private company. The top of barbed wiring can be seen at the bottom of the picture.

July 26, 2021

Globalization
Globalization Strikes Back

The ongoing pandemic and global climate-related disasters demonstrate the inadequacy of efforts to address the problematic aspects of globalization.

People take part in a Fridays for Future protest in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2021

July 22, 2021

Education
Higher Education Webinar: Campus Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

V.S. “Raghu” Raghavan, director of sustainability and associate director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, discusses actions campuses can take toward greater s…

Play Students at a fair club on university campus.

July 21, 2021

Nigeria
Jihadis Claim to be Uniting in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram, the jihadi insurrection associated with some 350,000 deaths since 2009 in northeast Nigeria, was characterized by factions—conflict among which was bloody—though at times they appear to have cooperated tactically. Now, the faction associated with the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), is claiming to have incorporated the followers of the rival faction led by Abubakar Shekau. (Weeks ago, Shekau died, apparently after committing suicide in a standoff with ISWA.)

A wall that has "Hate Evil" and "Boko Haram is Evil" scrawled on it.

July 22, 2021

Climate Change
The EU Green Deal Just Raised the Bar on Climate Policy

When it comes to climate change diplomacy, the European Union is the world’s heavy hitter. But the ultimate fate of their new Fit for 55 plan will depend on three factors. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a news conference to present the EU's new climate policy proposals, with a screen displaying trees and “European Green” behind her, in Brussels, Belgium on July 14, 2021.

July 20, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, threatening not only public health but economic output and national security.

A man uses heroin under a bridge where he lives with other addicts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 19, 2021

State and Local Governments (U.S.)
State and Local Officials Webinar: Foreign Policy on the Home Front

Nina L. Hachigian, deputy mayor for international affairs for the city of Los Angeles, and Charles A. Kupchan, senior fellow at CFR, will discuss the role domestic issues play in shaping U.S. foreign…

Play Chairs line the side of the road ahead of the 236th annual Military, Civic, and Firemen's Parade as part of 4th of July celebrations in Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.

July 14, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series Guest Event: "Awakening—#MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights"

Speakers discuss the new book, Awakening: #MeToo and the Global Fight for Women’s Rights. Since 2017, millions have joined the global movement known as #MeToo, catalyzing an unprecedented wave of wom…

Play Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration called by feminist movements in front of the city hall in Paris, on July 10, 2020, to denounce the nomination of French Interior Minister, facing rape accusations and French Justice Minister who criticised the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

July 13, 2021

China
The Origins of COVID-19: Implications for U.S.-China Relations

Panelists discuss the possible origins of COVID-19, including the growing concern that the virus leaked from the Wuhan Virology Lab rather than originating in nature, what the ramifications are for r…

Play A researcher works on virus replication in order to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus COVID-19, in Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on March 26, 2020.