(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


Thomas Cueni

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

Robert Mardini

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