Covid-19: Building an internationalist Response

May 12, 2020, 02:00 PM
With Sonia Shah, author of Pandemic: Tracking contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond (2017) as well as experts on public health systems and activists on the frontlines responding to the crisis in the Global South.

Images from Italy of the army unloading coffins, exhausted doctors and fearful citizens in ever more countries shocked the world and pushed even recalcitrant politicians into action.

But the real health disaster could still be ahead of us as the pandemic spreads in countries in the Global South, impoverished by decades of policies of neoliberal austerity, with weak public health systems and people already in highly precarious conditions. It will not be enough to respond at only a community or national level. How can social movements mobilise an internationalist response?