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COVID-19 and global health governance:
Building upon the positives

Sara E. Davies
July 2020; 4 pages


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The world is still struggling to cope with enormous health risks and the social and economic fall-out of the global COVID-19 crisis. In Global Governance Spotlight 2|2020, Sara Davies, Professor at Griffith University in Australia, offers a first stocktaking of international crisis management. She argues that, despite many shortcomings, the international community reacted better than during previous cases such as Ebola. Progress was visible in the reporting of cases, the protection of human rights and in public communication efforts. Future Global Health Governance could build and expand on these achievements.

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