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Why US COVID relief package progress is unlikely before January

Jon Lieber, who leads Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, offers insights on US politics:

With 250,000 Americans dead of COVID and case counts rising, is there any signs of a federal relief package on the way?

And the answer is a solid maybe. The interesting thing is even after the election, neither party has really changed their views on what they want in a stimulus. The Democrats are still holding to their $2.5 trillion number, and the Republicans are saying they want something much smaller and more targeted. President Trump is nowhere to be found in these discussions. He's busy litigating the outcome of an election he lost. Vice President Biden, the incoming President on January 20th, has indicated he basically supports the Democrat's position. He can probably be the deal breaker here. If he wants to tell the Democrats to come down with their number, that could potentially drive compromise with the Republicans. Negotiations haven't really gone anywhere though in the last six months, and I'd frankly be surprised at this point if we saw relief before the fifth January runoff election in Georgia, which will determine control of the Senate.

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How pandemic fatigue is affecting global COVID response

It's spreading. Maybe even faster and wider than the virus itself: pandemic fatigue. As infection rates in the United States and Europe skyrocket, Ian Bremmer looks at how tired we've all become of the virus. And yet, the virus does not seem to get tired of us.

Watch the episode: Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 and the dark winter to come

Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 and the dark winter to come

The US election may be over but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During the week of the election alone, the daily US case rate shattered the pandemic's previous record, reaching well over 100,000. The grim milestone made it all too clear the biggest story of the year, and of perhaps our lifetimes, continues to be the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of The Brown University School of Public Health, joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to take stock of how things got so bad (again) and how we can brace for the dark winter that awaits us.

Podcast: COVID-19 and the dark winter to come


The US election may be nearly over (emphasis on nearly) but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During the week of the election alone, the daily US case rate shattered the pandemic's previous record, reaching well over 100,000. The grim milestone made it all too clear the biggest story of the year, and of perhaps our lifetimes, continues to be the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of The Brown University School of Public Health, joins Ian Bremmer to take stock of how things got so bad (again) and how we can brace for the dark winter that awaits us.

Dr. Ashish Jha: Making sense of the recent COVID-19 surge in the US

With the world's attention focused on the results of the US presidential election, there was little talk of the largest spike in US COVID-19 cases to date, which occurred that very week. Regardless of how the political campaign shakes out, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health Dr. Ashish Jha thinks that the country could be in for a very dark winter.

In a recent interview with Ian Bremmer, Dr. Jha said that in order to curb the virus' spread, "we've got to do a better job of helping people understand so they can make better choices." Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World, which begins airing nationally in the US on public television this Friday, November 6th. Check local listings.

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