Fearonomics: The future of pandemics

Beata Javorcik, EBRD’s Chief Economist (current) and also professor of Economics at Oxford University and Sergei Guriev, EBRD former Chief Economist and professor of economics at Science Po.

By EBRD multimedia team

The new episode of the EBRD’s Fearonomics podcast explores the risks of future pandemics and how they could impact global health and the world economy.

Cases of monkeypox are being detected on several continents. The threat from anti-microbial resistance is growing with every year that passes. And the climate crisis is also taking its toll on our defences against disease. Is the next pandemic just around the corner?

The IMF recently forecast that the global cost of Covid-19 will rise beyond US$ 12.5 trillion between now and 2024, fuelled by vast gaps in vaccination rates, widening divergence between rich and poor and disproportionate gender impacts.

But we have yet to suffer many of the hidden costs of the pandemic, such schooling missed, worsening mental health and the erosion of trust in governments.

Listen to Jonathan Charles, the EBRD’s managing director of communications, in discussion with Sergei Guriev, former EBRD chief economist and currently Professor of Economics at Science Po, and Beata Javorcik, the EBRD’s chief economist who is also Professor of Economics at Oxford University.

Are we ready for the next pandemic?

Listen to the first episode of Fearonomics on iTunes, SoundCloud or wherever you get your podcasts.


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