Coronavirus (1193) PLoS Medicine: How will COVID-19 transform global health post-pandemic?

23 March, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Below are extracts from a lead editorial in PLoS Medicine, and a comment from me.

Citation: Reid M, Abdool-Karim Q, Geng E, Goosby E (2021) How will COVID-19 transform global health post-pandemic? Defining research and investment opportunities and priorities. PLoS Med 18(3): e1003564.

For decades to come, we will undoubtedly continue critical reflection on why some countries, including less-resourced countries, have been able to respond more effectively to COVID-19, while some well-resourced countries have struggled...

COVID-19 has amplified long-standing systemic and structural global health inequities... addressing these inequities must be both a local and a global priority...

Governance systems that are inclusive, accountable and guided by approaches that prioritize transparent, multisectoral decision-making processes are urgently needed to respond effectively...


Comment (NPW): COVID clearly exposes the fact that more research and investment are needed to improve the availability of reliable healthcare information, to protect people from misinformation, and to empower people to tell the difference. The trajectory of misinformation over the past 20 years - from vaccine hesitancy to Ebola to COVID-19 - shows that if we do not take action, the 'infodemic' of the next public health emergency will be even worse than the current COVID infodemic. Meanwhile, let's not forget that failure to access and apply reliable healthcare information, whether for the public or for health workers, is and always has been a major cause of avoidable non-COVID deaths across the life course and across all areas of health.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA project on COVID-19, supported by University of Edinburgh

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