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Preparing democracies for pandemics

Emerging questions in view of COVID-19

This paper presents key findings of a joint project on “Health and Democracy” by the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), the Council on Foreign Relations (Washington) and the Geneva Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

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The coronavirus pandemic has not, so far, been an advertisement of the healthful effects of democracy. Several of the countries that initially acted quickly to contain the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, are democracies, such as New Zealand, South Korea, Germany and Uruguay. Yet, the same is true for many of the countries that have struggled mightily to respond to and mitigate this pandemic, including Brazil, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Ilona Kickbusch

Founder and Chair Global Health Centre

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies



Thomas J. Bollyky

Director Global Health Programme Council on Foreign Relations

Washington D.C.

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Dr. Olaf Wientzek

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Director of the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue Brussels +32 2 669 31 70


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