RAND Europe Focus on COVID-19

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The COVID-19 crisis has been all consuming in its disruptive effect on people’s lives, leading to widespread uncertainty over how much longer the situation may last and what the future might hold.

To help understand the wider impacts of this global crisis, RAND Europe researchers have been offering their expert opinion on how the disease could affect different sectors such as health, defence, infrastructure, education and more. Our analysts are also exploring new areas of research that could be crucial in helping us prepare for what lies ahead.

Current research

  • Report

    Making Sense of Pathogen Surveillance

    Pathogen surveillance—collecting and sharing data about infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance—informs key public health decisions. What pathogen surveillance initiatives exist currently? And what are the main challenges they face?

    15 Nov 2023

  • Project

    Evaluating the use of pulse oximeters in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

    RAND Europe researchers found that the use of pulse oximeters in care homes significantly widened during the pandemic.

    26 Jul 2023

  • Report

    Quantifying the link between COVID-19, conflict risk, and the global economy

    While there is a growing consensus that the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected countries' economies and may exacerbate socio-political unrest, understanding the dynamics of this process remains challenging. RAND Europe research suggests that COVID-19 will significantly increase the risk of civil conflict in African countries. This effect may, in turn, have negative global economic repercussions via international trade losses.

    03 Mar 2023

  • Project

    Evaluating the UK government's COVID-19 research stabilisation interventions

    Having launched a series of policy interventions to address the causes and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, BEIS and UKRI asked RAND Europe and Vitae to evaluate the interventions' success in supporting the research community.

    06 Dec 2022

  • Project

    Evaluating the progress and impacts of the COG-UK consortium

    An evaluation of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium finds that it has made a significant and valuable contribution to the UK's public health genomics landscape, but its legacy will depend on decision makers' abilities to maintain momentum, ensure adequate governance, and other factors.

    15 Feb 2022

  • Project

    Examining COVID-19 and intimate partner violence

    Researchers identified 27 practices that—to varying degrees—have ensured the continuity, accessibility and sustainability of support to women victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    08 Mar 2021

  • Research Brief

    The economic benefits of equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines

    While the COVID-19 outbreak is foremost a public health crisis, it has also caused substantial damage to the global economy. National governments are spending trillions of dollars to fight the negative economic impact in their own countries, but until vaccines are widely available in every country, the economic burden will continue to be felt worldwide.

    17 Dec 2020

  • Report

    How Is COVID-19 Changing Online Shopping Habits?

    Americans' online shopping habits have continued to shift during the pandemic. By August 2020, more people were shopping online, and 39 percent reported spending more money on their purchases. People who spent less were likely to have lost employment.

    10 Nov 2020

  • Project

    COVID-19 and the cost of vaccine nationalism

    Without a vaccine, the worldwide economic impact of COVID-19 could be $3.4 trillion a year. But even when a vaccine is available, an unequal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines could cost the global economy up to $1.2 trillion a year in GDP.

    28 Oct 2020

  • Report

    Online Shopping: Many Americans' Habits Haven't Changed During COVID-19

    Almost two-thirds of Americans haven't changed their online shopping habits since the pandemic began. About one-quarter are shopping online more, but 13 percent are actually shopping online less.

    07 Jul 2020

  • Project

    How Middle Eastern SMEs are coping with COVID-19

    A survey of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Middle East and Turkey, targeted particularly at businesses owned by migrants, women and young people, sought to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their work and what can be done to support them during the pandemic.

    06 Jul 2020

  • Journal Article

    From COVID-19 Research to Vaccine Application

    Moving from vaccine discovery research to developed products, policies and practice often takes years, not months. Monitoring the development of a COVID-19 vaccine may help to identify which of the approaches speeding development and deployment could be usefully applied more widely in the future.

    09 Jun 2020

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