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David Anthony

Chief, Strategic Planning and Convening

David joins us from UNICEF New York where he worked managing policy analysis between 2010-17 and prior to this in New York DOC where he supervised the development of UNICEF’s flagship publications and The State of the World’s Children team (2004-2010). David has extensive experience in managerial and strategy development, partnerships and engagement at setting policy agendas and in translating them into practical avtion and results. Throughout his career he has successfully brought fresh thinking and strategies to some of the world’s leading organizations, including the EU and The Economist. David holds a Master of Science in Economics, University of London and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of East Anglia.
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The initial impression that paediatric SARS-CoV-2 infection is uncommon and generally mild has been replaced by a more nuanced understanding of infectious manifestations in children and adolescents across low-, middle-, and high-income countries and by demographic structure, with recognition of a widening disease spectrum. Critical knowledge gaps, especially in low- and middle-income countries remain, that have significant public policy and programme implications. Insufficient data disaggregated by age, geography and race/ethnicity are hindering efforts to fully assess prevalence of infection and disease in children and adolescents and their role in transmission. Potential biologic differences in susceptibility to infection and between children and adults need to be assessed. Determination of mother-to-child SARS-CoV-2 transmission during pregnancy or peripartum requires appropriate samples obtained with proper timing, lacking in most studies. Finally, predictors of disease progression, morbidity and mortality in children need to be determined particularly as the pandemic moves to low- and middle-income countries, where poor nutritional and health conditions and other vulnerabilities are more frequent among children than in higher-income settings. Countries, UN agencies, public health communities, donors and academia need to coordinate the efforts and work collectively to close the data and knowledge gaps in all countries (high-, middle- and low-income) for better evidence to guide policy and programme decision-making for children and COVID-19 disease.


Priscilla Idele; David Anthony; Lynne M Mofenson; Jennifer Requejo; Danzhen You; Chewe Luo; Stefan Peterson


COVID-19 may pose greater risk to children than originally thought (21 Jul 2020)

It is commonly accepted, at least for now, that children and adolescents (0-19 years) have been largely spared the direct epidemiological ef ...