This issue focuses on the various recovery and preparedness concerns related to the pandemic across the world. Focusing on recovery is essential because preliminary evidence suggests that recovery from the crisis will be as uneven as its initial economic impacts, with emerging economies and economically disadvantaged groups needing much more time to recover pandemic-induced losses of income and livelihoods.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented consequences for humanity. The mortality, morbidity as well as negative economic impacts of the pandemic are widely discussed in policy circles. However, there is scarce assessment on the recovery and preparedness aspects of the pandemic. As the world staggers toward normalcy, it is crucial to deliberate on the recovery and preparedness aspects of the pandemic to prevent a crisis of such epic proportions in the future.