COVID, China, Climate: Online Davos Event Tackles Big Themes

COVID, China, Climate: Online Davos Event Tackles Big Themes

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  • Date: 15-Jan-2022
  • Source: Asharq AL-awsat
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: Middle East
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COVID, China, Climate: Online Davos Event Tackles Big Themes

File picture taken Jan.24, 2022 shows a police security guard on the roof of a hotel ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but organizers still hope to catapult the world into thinking about the future with a scaled-down online version this week.

The gathering, an online alternative to the event typically held in the Swiss ski town of Davos, will feature speeches by the leaders of countries including China, India, Israel, Japan and Germany as well as panel discussions with business, government and philanthropy figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert who will talk about COVID-19, and Bill Gates and John Kerry, who are expected to discuss climate change.

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