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BY JEFFREY KLUGER

How the Pandemic Might Revolutionize Global Public Health

It’s hard to make the case that the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but an unalloyed disaster. It’s not just the 171 million cases and the 3.7 million deaths worldwide. It’s the devastation of economies and upending of daily life—and surely the emotional scars that will linger long after the virus itself recedes. But as global health professors Gavin Yamey and Madhukar Pai write for TIME, there have also been powerful lessons learned and important victories achieved in the last year.

For starters, Yamey and Pai argue, there is the sea change in the way science has manufactured vaccines—going from “lab to jab” in under a year, in some cases using mRNA technology that until now hadn’t made it out of testing. Multi-country collaborations accelerated R&D and the release of funds, and papers were published online, in real time, without paywalls, so that the best research paths could be pursued and no one would waste time stumbling down blind alleys that had already been shown to be dead ends. All of this could be repurposed in developing future vaccines against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

Then too there has been the global adoption of telemedicine. One U.S. study found a 50% increase in telehealth visits in the first three months of 2020 compared with the same time period in 2019. Not only has that benefited wealthy countries in the developed world, it has also been a boon in low and middle income countries where populations living in remote areas often have little to no access to health care.

At the same time, Yamey and Pai explain, rich countries have learned a little humility. Around six weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic began, a survey was released ranking nations on how well prepared they were to handle a pandemic. Out of 195 countries, the U.S. was ranked first and the U.K. second—both of which ended up bungling their COVID-19 responses, recording two of the highest death rates in the world. Poorer countries, which did a better job of engaging communities in COVID-19 testing and prevention and in clear public messaging—without the politicization of the pandemic that was pervasive in the U.S.—have a lot to teach us.

We’ve learned something as well about how to battle the so-called infodemic—nonsense and conspiracy theories about, for example, microchips being injected along with COVID-19 vaccines. New hubs for debunking misinformation, like the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and Britain’s Science Media Centre have emerged to replace lies with truth.

Science may have made many of these advances eventually, even without the pandemic. But COVID-19 accelerated our learning curve and made us smarter for the experience. The pandemic cannot end too soon—but here’s hoping the learning lingers.


  • Hung Vo, Kaya Nguyen  like this.
    • Chloé Diem Chau TT  We’ve learned something as well about how to battle the so-called infodemic—nonsense and conspiracy theories about, for example, microchips being injected along with COVID-19 vaccines. New hubs for debunking misinformation, like the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and Britain’s Science Media Centre have emerged to replace lies with truth. 20:29 08/06/2021
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Lê Trung Tĩnh

16030 Credits Price: 16 USD/hr
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