Three years on, the COVID-19 agenda struggles mightily to preserve its space in people’s attention. The virus itself has changed, the world’s immunity and tools have changed, the politics have changed, and high-level attention and financing have dropped precipitously, even as the virus continues to bedevil us. Sustaining attention is even more difficult with the hangover effects of the pandemic, China’s isolation, and the war in Ukraine. These and other factors are creating pandemonium geopolitically: as the world edges closer to a global recession, energy prices soar, interest rate increases bring acute economic distress, and rising food insecurity stokes malnutrition. These adversities notwithstanding, the transatlantic alliance is holding together hope for global health security, in ever sharper opposition to the China-Russia bloc that is forming.
Dr. J. Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Global Health Policy Center.He writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on US foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.
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