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The COVID-19 Catastrophe

What's Gone Wrong and How To Stop It Happening Again

R Horton



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Polity Press
29 January 2021
This expanded, updated, and completely revised edition of The COVID-19 Catastrophe is the authoritative guide to a global health crisis that has consumed the world. Richard Horton, editor of the medical journal The Lancet, scrutinises the actions taken by governments as they sought to contain the novel coronavirus. He shows that indecision and disregard for scientific evidence has led many political leaders to preside over hundreds of thousands of needless deaths and the worst global economic crisis for three centuries.

This new edition provides a systematic discussion of the pandemic's course, national responses, more transmissible mutant variants of the virus, and the launch of the world's largest ever vaccination programme.

Only now are we beginning to understand the full scale of the COVID-19 crisis. We need to learn the lessons of this pandemic, and we need to learn them fast, because the next pandemic may arrive sooner than we think.
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Edition
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   284g
ISBN:   9781509549108
ISBN 10:   1509549102
Pages:   180
Publication Date:  
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.

Reviews for The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What's Gone Wrong and How To Stop It Happening Again

'This is the book to read if you want to understand the response to COVID-19. Powerful, beautifully written and reflective. Richard Horton at his best.' Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh 'The Editor of The Lancet pulls no punches. The pandemic has shattered our belief in Western exceptionalism and exposed the harsh underbelly of global inequality. A must-read.' Anthony Costello, Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development, University College London

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