The coronavirus pandemic exposed a myriad of vulnerabilities throughout the world and added an extra layer of difficulty to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The COVID-19 Data & Innovation Centre produces data-driven knowledge that informs decision-makers and provides evidence for resources to flow where they are critically needed. The Centre brings knowledge from the South to the world.
Unlike some countries, those in Latin America and the Caribbean are still in the process of obtaining vaccines for their population. Countries like Argentina – one of the most populous in this region – have a very low percentage of their population vaccinated.
So far, several countries have benefited from this initiative and have received vaccines from three laboratories: Pfizer, BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford. As of today, the United States, Chile, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and Israel are the countries with the highest percentages of vaccinated citizens in relation to their total population. .
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way people study. Since the strict quarantines began and schools had to completely close, it was necessary to transform and adapt for virtual learning. For almost a year, remote learning was the only way in which the vast majority of schools, colleges and universities reached out to their students.
In 2020, Cepei created the Data and Innovation COVID-19 Centre to deliver information, evidence, knowledge, innovation strategies, territorial requirements, and policy recommendations to the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund in their purpose of strengthening response and recovery actions in the Global South. The Centre aims to:
- Give academia, CSO and other stakeholders a voice in the reopening pathway in all countries.
- Open up the dialogue through data.
- Track resources, analysis and has access to missing, privileged information.
- Shine a spotlight on immediate needs, response strategies, and how these interact with pre-existing vulnerabilities.
- Provide better information on impact to donors.