(Dis)United in crisis: Is Covid-19 the end of global health?


Monday, November 16th 16:30 - 17:30 (Swiss time)



The CoVID-19 pandemic saw nation-states largely acting in self-interest, with some commentators speaking of an emergent therapeutic sovereignty or health nationalism. Global supply chain disruptions and shortages led to states competing for valuable resources such as PPE or now, vaccines. While global health diplomacy did also lead to instances of multilateral cooperation, such as the Covax Facility, august institutions such as WHO found themselves embroiled in US domestic politics. In a context that has seen the rise of nationalism, populism and authoritarianism more generally, and a strong nationalist reflex in the face of the pandemic, might it be said that CoVID marks the end of Global Health as we imagined it? What might be rising in its place?




Priti Patnaik
Editor, Geneva Health Files



Cueni Thomas

Thomas Cueni
Director General International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Mardini Robert

Robert Mardini
Director-General International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)