Case Report - December 3, 2020

You're reading Case Report, a digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the last time I sent this newsletter, we’ve seen several new developments - both positive and negative - in the COVID-19 pandemic. On the one hand, there is reason for optimism: multiple vaccines appear to be extremely effective against the virus and are already in the pipeline for FDA approval. On the other, cases have surged in recent weeks and it looks like we’re in for a long and dark winter. In light of this news, our members have been busy offering advice on the ways our leaders can help us get out of this dual public health and economic crisis in the coming months. 

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Why childcare must be a priority to restart the economy
Political scientist Patricia Boling argues in this opinion piece that the market-based childcare we have in this country is not working for parents, children, or workers, and that instead we need to finally invest in providing universal and affordable care programs that have often been paid lip service but has not been advanced in a meaningful way at the federal level. [The Hill]

It's time for COVID-19 disaster relief ... for mothers
On a similar note, public policy researchers Kerri Raissian and Jennifer Dineen make the case that the increasing number of mothers leaving the workforce amidst the pandemic means that the next round of disaster relief must include income support for caregivers so mothers can put family and community first without sacrificing their livelihoods. [The Hill]

The missing link of Biden's COVID strategy: social scientists
In this third opinion piece for The Hill by an SSN member, anthropologist Martha Lincoln shows that public resistance to safety measures and hesitancy about the coming vaccines means that the Biden administration needs the expertise of social scientists to help develop a pandemic communication strategy that meets skeptical Americans where they are. [The Hill

Vaccine Diplomacy Is the New Space Race
Speaking of the coming vaccines, global affairs scholar Hal Brands contends that making vaccines globally available is not only a humanitarian imperative, but also an economic one, which will set up a new “space race” - this time between the U.S. and China - over which nation will help provide a vaccine to developing countries and in turn gain political goodwill. [Bloomberg]