Middle East and North Africa COVID-19 Policy Response Project

Project Description

Originally launched under the Brookings Doha Center, our Middle East and North Africa (MENA) COVID-19 Policy Response Project explores the impact that COVID-19 had on the MENA region and the different policy and institutional approaches used by governments to respond to the pandemic.

Beyond documenting outcomes, the project seeks to identify innovative and impactful governance responses as well as revealing policy weaknesses exposed by the pandemic, while improving our understanding of what the long-term implications of the pandemic may be for the region’s governments and public sector.  It also seeks to reflect upon how the pandemic can help governments adapt quickly to other global challenges that require an integrated whole-of-government response.


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January 5, 2023 COVID-19 Deaths in the MENA region

A visualization that tracks cumulative deaths officially associated with COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries over the 2020-2022 period on a comparable per capita basis.

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January 6, 2023 COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts in the MENA Region

As of December 2022, over 42% of MENA’s population was fully vaccinated, compared to 32.5% of the global population.

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May 22, 2023 Excess Mortality and COVID-19 in MENA

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, public health specialists across the globe struggled with efforts to accurately count the number of COVID-19 cases and associated deaths.

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May 17, 2023 Excess Mortality and the Impact of COVID-19 in Egypt

Over the COVID-19 pandemic, Egyptian data on confirmed cases and deaths remained strikingly low, particularly given rates in neighboring countries, high comorbidities within the population, and evidence of infection among many traveling from Egypt. Despite governmental assertions of limited viral spread, COVID-19 was prevalent across the country—as it was in nearly all countries—and it had led to an uncertain number of deaths.

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January 10, 2023 New COVID-19 Cases and the Stringency of Government Responses in the MENA Region

Graphs tracking the stringency of governmental public health measures against newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in MENA countries from 2020 to 2022.

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January 14, 2023 The Incidence of COVID-19 in the MENA Region

This graph tracks cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 relative to the total population in MENA countries between March 2020 and December 2022.

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June 30, 2022 COVID-19 and Trust in Government: Can Countries Come Out Ahead?

It is possible for countries that performed well to reap benefits in terms of increased citizen trust in government

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Nonresident Senior Fellow
Nonresident Fellow