Coronavirus response

Research and analysis on tackling the coronavirus outbreak, as well as other infectious diseases, covering the risk assessment and management of disease.

Initial responses to infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, Ebola, and Sars can be characterized by confusion, chaos and denial. Although an individual country can be overwhelmed by a serious outbreak, mobilizing the assistance needed internationally can help prevent a pandemic or further national epidemics.

But the window of opportunity to respond effectively closes rapidly, and outbreaks can quickly become a humanitarian crisis without an international response. Issues which often prevent such a response include political manoeuvring, inadequate financial agility, a lack of coordination, ambivalence towards response structures, and tensions in key relationships.