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Drawing light from the pandemic: rethinking strategies for health policy and beyond

Forman, Rebecca, Azzopardi-Muscat, Natasha, Kirkby, Victoria, Lessof, Suszy, Nathan, Naomi Limaro, Pastorino, Gabriele, Permanand, Govin, van Schalkwyk, May CI, Torbica, Aleksandra, Busse, Reinhard, Figueras, Josep, McKee, Martin and Mossialos, Elias (2022) Drawing light from the pandemic: rethinking strategies for health policy and beyond. Health Policy, 126 (1). 1 - 6. ISSN 0168-8510

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2021.12.001

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic is a catastrophe. It was also preventable. The potential impacts of a novel pathogen were foreseen and for decades scientists and commentators around the world warned of the threat. Most governments and global institutions failed to heed the warnings or to pay enough attention to risks emerging at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. We were not ready for COVID-19, and people, economies, and governments around the world have suffered as a result. We must learn from these experiences now and implement transformational changes so that we can prevent future crises, and if and when emergencies do emerge, we can respond in more timely, robust and equitable ways, and minimize immediate and longer-term impacts. In 2020–21 the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development assessed the challenges posed by COVID-19 in the WHO European region and the lessons from the response. The Commissioners have addressed health in its entirety, analyzing the interactions between health and sustainable development and considering how other policy priorities can contribute to achieving both. The Commission's final report makes a series of policy recommendations that are evidence-informed and above all actionable. Adopting them would achieve seven key objectives and help build truly sustainable health systems and fairer societies.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/health-polic...
Additional Information: © 2021 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: LSE Health
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Health Policy
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2022 12:57
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 09:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/113542

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