A gravedigger walks among the graves of Covid-19 victims at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Brazil on April 29. The Americas make up nearly half the global pandemic death toll. Photo: AFP
Outside In | Lessons from the pandemic are clear – but are we ready to apply them?

We know which countries to learn from and what practices to adopt but political tensions cause leaders to hesitate. Perhaps more power and funding ought to be ceded to multilateral organisations – but how many political leaders would do that?

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure construction projects from the NH 175 bridge across the Pemigewasset River in Woodstock, New Hampshire, on November 16. Photo: Reuters
Macroscope | How Biden’s midterm election performance could affect the US stock market

Losing control of the House or Senate would make it harder for Biden to pass his reform agenda. Policies can still be pushed through via executive order, although this would add to uncertainty for investors and businesses.

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