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Global Health Security

A Blueprint for the Future

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$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674976610

Publication Date: 09/28/2021

Academic Trade

352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 illus., 1 map, 8 tables


Discouraged but inspired by COVID‑19, [Gostin’s] wide-ranging study analyzes the science and politics of past and present global disease, with hypothetical exercises about a new influenza, bioterrorism, and cholera. He recommends steps to reduce pandemic risk, such as increasing surveillance of animal pathogens and their movement. Above all, he calls for a ‘new politics,’ free from nationalistic populism.—Andrew Robinson, Nature

A comprehensive blueprint for global reforms.Georgetown Law

[A] comprehensive and detailed blueprint for responding to global health crises. Gostin casts a wide net, addressing the overuse of antibiotics, climate change, and the lack of universal health coverage… Gostin goes further to explain how lessons from Covid-19 can remake society to be better prepared for future health threats.Publishers Weekly

Gostin draws on the lessons of AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and the COVID-19 pandemic to lay out a roadmap for global health security, making a powerful and persuasive case for how the principles of solidarity, equity, and justice must guide the international community in preparing for and responding to the health crises of the future.—Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Global Health Security is invaluable, drawing critical lessons from the world’s epic struggle with COVID-19, and looking far beyond. Gostin incisively analyzes future threats, from superbugs and antimicrobial resistance to bioterrorism, and charts a better course through global solidarity and enlightened self-interest. If you read only one book on global health this year, make it this one.—Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome

The world has learned valuable lessons from infectious disease outbreaks. Yet the power of lessons is in their use. In this book, Gostin provides a sweeping view of what is needed to avert disaster in the future. The crucial question is: will people read and act on his suggestions?—William Herbert Foege, 10th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We are entering an age of pandemics, one marked with more frequent disease outbreaks and increasingly greater threats to our social order. There is no one better than Gostin to connect the dots across outbreaks, laying out how climate change, economic development, and globalization have created new risks. But more than sounding the alarm, he brilliantly charts a path forward for how nations and indeed the world can be better prepared to meet these threats head on.—Ashish K. Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health

As a leading public health legal scholar and global health activist, Gostin has influenced the course of every major public health crisis of our time, from HIV/AIDS, to SARS, Ebola, and now COVID-19. Global Health Security draws on those important experiences but looks forward, charting a clear and compelling framework to assess future biological threats and effectively address them. Masterfully insightful.—Peggy Hamburg, former Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine

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