Giving evidence to the COVID inquiry, Boris Johnson’s former adviser exposed the dysfunction of an administration lacking in the expertise needed to manage a crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of red hearts adorn a wall directly opposite parliament, yet successive prime ministers have nothing to say about officially marking the lives lost in the pandemic.
Former health secretary Matt Hancock told the COVID inquiry that the UK’s pandemic planning was ‘completely wrong’. An expert looks back to early 2020 to assess this statement.
We found most governments were ill-prepared, too slow to act, paid too little attention to the most vulnerable, and were hampered by low public trust and an epidemic of misinformation.
The way societies are governed seems to have influenced how they’ve fared in terms of excess deaths during the pandemic.
African countries must take bold actions to repair their health systems and make them more resilient.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to create an Australian centre for disease control-style organisation to manage future pandemics. Here’s what it needs to do.
The failure to observe public health protocols during the pandemic requires attention and action. Revitalizing global citizenship education in schools should be part of addressing the problem.
Virologists are beginning to assess which other viruses could have pandemic potential
The first few months of 2020 were critical to the World Health Organization’s response to COVID-19. But the latest report into what happened wasn’t all damning.
A transcript of episode six of The Conversation Weekly podcast, including a round-up editors on the coronavirus situation around the world.
A survey of 800 foreign policy experts identified four international issues where Republicans and Democrats may actually cooperate to get something done – and one area of severe disagreement.
We’re working with professional trainers in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to train dogs to sniff out COVID-19. They could be highly valuable in managing the spread of infection.
UVC radiation is effective for disinfecting objects and surfaces. It could help manage the coronavirus pandemic and fill gaps in PPE supplies.
Public washrooms are an essential service and the people who maintain them are essential workers. But what happens when a pandemic closes public bathrooms and a civil rights protest breaks out?
The extraordinary scope and scale of the COVID-19 disaster at Canada’s long-term care centres would seem to warrant a public inquiry. But there are no guarantees there will actually be one.
Coronavirus shows just how much the world needs a new system of global governance to address systemic risks.
Best-case estimates suggest 40 million American adults may come down with COVID-19. But an epidemiologist explains why now is not the time to just give up.
The Trump administration has cut funding for infectious disease research and reduced high-level staffing for global health security, leaving the nation less prepared for major outbreaks.
All too often, researchers around the world act in competition when trying to answer research questions in an emergency situation, such as outbreaks of the flu. The UK is trialling a new approach.