The International Health Regulations (2005), the threat of populism and the COVID-19 pandemic

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The International Health Regulations (2005), the threat of populism and the COVID-19 pandemic
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare weaknesses and major challenges in the international approach to managing public health emergencies. Populist sentiment is spreading globally as democratic nations are increasing their support for or electing governments that are perceived to represent “traditional” native interests. Measures need to be taken to proactively address populist sentiment when reviewing the IHR (2005) effectiveness in the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss how populism can impact the IHR (2005) and conversely how the IHR (2005) may be able to address populist concerns if the global community commits to helping states address public health threats that emerge within their borders.
Authors: Kumanan Wilson, Sam Halabi and Lawrence O. Gostin
Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:70
Content type: Commentary
Published on: 28 July 2020