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Good morning, this is Elaine editor of Geneva Solutions’ Health stream, produced in collaboration with Health Policy Watch.

Today, we’re looking at how the Covid pandemic may play a key role in the US presidential election outcome - but not in the polarised politics of most voters. We explore how new approaches to preventing and treating cervical cancer are being rolled out in Africa. And we hear why flu vaccines and tests are so important - now more than ever in the pandemic era.

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Elaine Fletcher


Today’s reason for hope

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Cyclists in Bogota take advantage of car-free roads.

Cities have been at the forefront of the pandemic response, and stories showcased on World Cities Day 2020 highlight how Covid-19 can bring communities together and stimulate innovative approaches to fighting the disease, like car-free areas or lanes for cycling, which also promote better health.

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Pandemic politics - Trump's mismanagement of Covid may help Biden turn the final corner to the presidency. But identity politics and the economy have loomed as bigger factors in the overall vote.

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Rolling out cervical cancer services in Africa. Geneva Health Forum 16-18 November meeting looks at how to implement WHO’s new strategy to eliminate a preventable and curable disease.

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Confounding Covid and influenza. WHO warns countries to roll out flu vaccines and tests aggressively - so that people get the right diagnosis and treatment.

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Here's what else is happening

Image of the day

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Credit: Kerry Cullinan

A sign in a small rural community in upstate New York on Election Day, following a US presidential campaign marred by threats of violence and unprecedented tensions between supporters of US President Donald Trump and Democratic contender Joe Biden.

Next on the agenda

5 November | Online: Backsliding or building beyond Covid-19? An introductory briefing to the resumed World Health Assembly will offer an overview of the key issues facing the Assembly and explore how countries are balancing competing health priorities in the context of Covid-19.


9 - 14 November | Online: World Health Assembly. The resumed WHA73 will take place virtually from Geneva to determine the WHO policies, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.


10 November | Online: Preparing for a pandemic. Which elements best explain the underperformance of many democracies in the coronavirus pandemic, and which measures must be taken to make political systems more “pandemic proof”?


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