My analysis on the #covid19 international response
The pandemic caught us all by surprise. We could have never anticipated neither its magnitude nor its impact. It has caused an unimaginable death toll and has paralyzed both our social and economic activities
It has raised awareness of how vulnerable we are as individuals but, moreover, as a civilization. We were aware of risks associated with natural disasters, armed conflicts, and even of the potential for some kind of pandemic.
The entire world is investing a staggering amount of resources to understand the virus; to provide protection; to care for those affected, and to mitigate its impact on our lives and our economy. The efforts and concerns have reached every corner of the world.
As world leaders work on supporting scientists in the search for a cure, equipping hospitals and healthcare providers to effectively treat the ill, and attempting to control the spread and reducing its effects on the economy; they have also been forced to assess all the weaknesses that have prevented a faster and more efficient response.
Countries and their leaders all over the world will have to recognize their failure in creating efficient healthcare systems. They will also have to re-evaluate their lack of attention and substantial joint action towards other imminent problems like global warming, education, corruption, drug-trafficking, and terrorism.
The inefficient response from the World Health Organization will also highlight the need to assess the network of international and multilateral organizations that might lack the capabilities of effectively managing the resources attributed to them
Elementary principles such as solidarity and equality will have to be evaluated in the shadow of democratic systems that must be revised and improved, but especially of totalitarian and communist regimes whose inefficiencies in the fundamental management of information and healthcare infrastructure have been exposed.
A major dilemma arose between people’s health and the economy in the face of this crisis. Each country dealt with it mainly within the framework of their circumstances. It is also true, as the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said, that we must invest and commit to a new international order in which we agree on the responses that leaders of the world must jointly provide in the face of new threats that we must confront in the future.
Doubts are being raised about the international outcome of this situation. Some fear that governments might want to isolate and become more protective and restrictive as a policy to protect its citizens. However, as President Macron highlighted, this crisis will change the nature of globalization and will force countries to act together in the fight against other important issues like climate change, or even to act together to rebuild the economy in every part of the world after the pandemic is over.
As Pope Francis said in his homily Urbi te Orbis on Easter Sunday, “we are upon an opportunity to reflect, to work together, to stop being indifferent to the problems of others. At the end of the day, the challenges we are facing affect us all regardless of our geographical location or our human condition.”