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Predictions about the death of globalization were, in hindsight, grossly exaggerated. Recovery efforts took hold early compared to two other major economic crises of the past 100 years, suggesting global trade is much more resilient than anticipated. NASA/Unsplash

COVID-19 has shone a light on how globalization can tackle inequality

The outbreak of COVID-19 could be used as a building block in the future to reinforce international co-operation and strengthen the pillars of globalization.
In many cases, getting on a plane, attending a show or going to a store requires an app that proves you’ve been vaccinated. AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Vaccination passport apps could help society reopen – first they have to be secure, private and trusted

How do you prove that people have been vaccinated without putting their privacy at risk? The technology and best practices to make it happen exist. It’s far from clear, however, if they’re being used.
Exposure notification systems alert people when they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but don’t record the information. AleksandarGeorgiev/E+ via Getty Images

How Apple and Google let your phone warn you if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus while protecting your privacy

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.
In order to contain a deadly virus, the COVID Alert app needs to go viral. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The second wave is here. Have you installed the COVID Alert app?

Ironically, to encourage people to download the COVID Alert app, we need viral processes as we attempt to contain an actual virus. And that’s a challenge when we’re socially isolated.
South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni says the IMF loan will limit the country’s economic vulnerabilities which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

The IMF’s $4bn loan for South Africa: the pros, cons and potential pitfalls

The IMF loan does not impose any conditions over and above what is in South African law on how the funds can be used; it only seems to expect the country to implement policies already announced.
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70% of people surveyed said they’d download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?

Only 51% of survey participants said they supported linking the number of COVIDSafe app downloads with an easing of lockdown restrictions.

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