Dr David Bell & Prof Toby Green: The Covid Response and the Global Poor

04 July 2022

In this discussion, David Bell (PANDA) and Toby Green (Collateral Global) will discuss the devastating impacts of the Covid response in poor countries around the world: what has happened, why it has happened, and what can be done to make sure it does not happen again? They will bring their combined expertise in public health and world history and colonial history to the question of continuities of power and inequality, and how this reversion to the medical colonialism of the first half of the 20th century has taken place.

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that it was about more than just public health and the political, economic and societal aspects of the response are of far greater significance than the virus itself. There remains a continued drive toward the transformation of our societies in ways that threaten democracy and our existing ways of life. Open Society Sessions aim to examine the political, societal and economic dimensions of our recent experience and analyse developments in the future.

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