Solidarity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Has the world worked together to tackle the coronavirus?
Research paper Updated 23 September 2021 Published 14 July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78413 481 5
Photo shows residents with watching an artist painting a mural showing frontline workers with a COVID-19 vaccine on a street in Kolkata, India

It has frequently been stated during the COVID-19 pandemic that ‘no one is safe until we are all safe’. This is most commonly talked of between nations, but, importantly, it also applies within countries.

Besides the elderly, the pandemic has disproportionately affected the disadvantaged, the poor, the vulnerable, minorities, migrants and other neglected and marginalized groups, in all societies. It has been prolonged by the failure in many countries to adequately support and protect these groups. Where solidarity has been weak, inequities have widened, and effective responses to the pandemic have been frustrated.

This research paper assesses how the global community has responded to calls for greater solidarity in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents the insights of key stakeholders and experts in global health governance, health security, and pandemic preparedness and response. The authors examine the state of solidarity at global, regional and national levels, and present case studies on COVAX and on the EU’s turbulent journey through solidarity.

A summary of the research findings is also available as a PDF download.