“Realpolitik and Global Pandemics”

Vin Gupta, MD

Vin Gupta, MD, a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at BWH, pens a piece for The Lancet Global Health Blog highlighting the need for a multinational response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

He writes: “In our globalised world, a collaborative approach is crucial, as communicable diseases know no borders. While the ethos of recent statements put forward by the WHO, the UN, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advocates for just such a response, a closer look suggests that at least in recent times, realist tendencies permeate initial responses to global pandemics. Ultimately, how we respond initially will dictate the severity of human and economic losses incurred.”

Read the full post on The Lancet Global Health Blog.