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Global Efforts to Discover Covid-19 Vaccine

The efforts of developing the vaccine for COVID-19 has become the top priority for countries around the world to be able to solve this unprecedented global health crisis. Who is involved in the endeavor so far? How much is the cost to develop the vaccine and what are the challenges posing the discovery?

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Virtual Public Discussion – The Crash of Oil Price: What does it mean for Indonesia?

The combination of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the oil collapse has created new threats to the economy, along with political instability and poverty in countries reliant on oil sales. The oil price war could be traced back to when OPEC producers tried to negotiate a production cut in line with a global demand slowdown and this condition has led to the oil price crash. With lockdown measures being implemented in 187 countries – bringing mobility to a halt- demand for oil has fallen resulted in the global oil price crash.

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Virtual Public Discussion – Ramadan during COVID-19: How Countries and Communities in Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Pakistan Ensure a Safe Ramadan amidst the Pandemic

Ramadan is known as the time when gatherings and activities such as communal prayers, communal meals or banquets and pilgrimages are conducted every day amongst family, friends and also the mosque community. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments and the World Health Organizations (WHO) have taken several measurements to ensure a safe Ramadan practice while maintaining social distancing. As a result, physical worships such as communal prayers and religious sermons have been avoided and prayers are conducted at home using virtual alternatives.

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European Union (EU)’s ways in Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pandemics have plagued civilizations throughout human history, the coronavirus outbreak is having a profoundly negative impact on people’s livelihoods and on economic growth. The European Union is working on all fronts to provide for immediate cash relief to those sectors affected, to make sure they retain productive capacity and to meet emergency needs.

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Virtual Roundtable Discussion – Governor Ridwan Kamil & Foreign Ambassadors Discuss the Fight Against Covid-19 in West Java

On Monday, 11 May 2020, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) has successfully convened a virtual roundtable discussion involving Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil and several Foreign Ambassadors to Indonesia. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of FPCI. The Governor and Ambassadors had a fruitful discussion on best experiences and practices in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Special Virtual Public Discussion – Indonesia’s Foreign Policy in Addressing the Threat of COVID-19

Like all countries around the world, for Indonesia, diplomacy is a critical part of the life-and death efforts to beat the Covid-19 pandemic. This involves a variety of important tasks: evacuating Indonesian citizens from affected areas, coordinating with WHO on Covid-19 knowhow, securing medical equipments including test kits from international manufacturers, pushing an ASEAN response, ensuring effective international cooperation, mitigating the economic impacts of Covid-19, and so on.

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COVID-19 and the Asia Pacific Growth Forecast

Asia Pacific has been one of the fastest-growing region in the world. Yet as the COVID-19 pandemic requires for a restricted direct human interaction hence disrupting economic activities globally, Asia Pacific as a region is not immune to the economic threats it posed. Experts predicted that the downturn may be more severe than past economic crisis.

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Virtual Public Discussion – Multi-Faith Efforts in Addressing COVID-19 in Indonesia and Across the Globe

The World Economic Forum acknowledges that faith leaders can actually provide such comfort to their communities by turning to religious texts and theology, and encouraging safe practices. However, they also recognize the need for “an immediate and whole-of society approach to prevent the transmission of the virus.” Particularly for some communities, they need an extra measure of help more than ever as well. It is the kind of relief that is not just spiritual relief, but also physical and financial ones. The question is, how can interfaith communities collaboratively work to respond to the pandemic? What are some of the things that been done in this respect all around the world?

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Virtual Public Discussion – Anticipating a Covid-19 Global Economic Crisis: How Should Indonesia Get Prepared?

COVID-19 has created a global economic crisis that is now hitting countries across the world. Travel, tourism, production, and international trade have been severely disrupted. Businesses across many industries are forced to shut down. International Monetary Fund projected that the world economy is most likely to experience its worst recession since the Great Depression. How has Covid-19 actually been impacting the world and Indonesian economy? How should the Indonesian government mitigate the risks of possible economic depression?

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COVID-19 and Its Impact on Religion

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted religious practices across the globe in significant ways, reaching a degree that we have never really seen before. Through the social and behavior change communication (SBCC), the changes mainly come from restrictions to gather, worship at a religious site, and conduct religious practices such as pilgrimage and burial ceremonies.

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The United States – World Health Organization Tension during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The United States has been a long-standing friend and is the single largest contributor to the World Health Organization (WHO) with assessed contribution is 22% of its total members. Unfortunately, the tension between them has arisen since the outbreak concerning how WHO handled the pandemic. Following the decision to withdraw the funding made by the US, how did WHO respond and what is likely to be the impact?

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How are ASEAN Member States Dealing with COVID-19?

COVID-19 is truly a global problem, touching every corner of the world. The pandemic’s impact has been tremendous, with the potential to reshape all countries – including the countries of ASEAN. Though while their problems are similar, the impacts of the virus on each country and their responses are all unique.

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Virtual Public Discussion – Coronavirus Crisis? Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on the Indonesian and World Economy

The current coronavirus pandemic is creating enormous burden on the global economy. It is already inflicting serious damage on supply chains, demand, and financial market, affecting business investment, household consumption, and international trade. The ADB on 3rd April estimated the pandemic could cost the world economy $4.1 trillion or almost 5% of global gross domestic product. With the uncertainty of when will the pandemic end, governments are bracing for the full impact from the coronavirus economic downturn.

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