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Ngaire Woods and Leany Lemos

Ngaire Woods is Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. Leany Lemos is Secretary of Planning, Budget, and Management in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Learning to live with COVID-19

Published On: May 31, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Ngaire Woods and Leany Lemos

OXFORD/PORTO ALEGRE – One of COVID-19’s paradoxes has been the way in which some wealthy, high-capacity countries (particularly the United States and the United Kingdom) failed to contain the virus, while some poorer countries and regions with less capacity (including Vietnam, Greece, and the Indian state of Kerala) swiftly brought it under control. Now that countries must plan beyond their lockdowns, an equally stark contrast has emerged.