March 22, 2021

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COVID-19 is the biggest public health and economic disaster of our time. It has posed the same threat across the globe, yet countries have responded very differently and some have clearly fared much better than others. Peter Baldwin uncovers the reasons why in this definitive account of the global politics of pandemic. He shows that how nations responded depended above all on the political tools available - how firmly could the authorities order citizens' lives and how willingly would they be obeyed? In Asia, nations quarantined the infected and their contacts. In the Americas and Europe they shut down their economies, hoping to squelch the virus's spread. Others, above all Sweden, responded with a light touch, putting their faith in social consensus over coercion. Whether citizens would follow their leaders' requests and how soon they would tire of their demands were crucial to hopes of taming the pandemic.

This conversation included a distinguished panel featuring Dr. Maurizio Cecconi, MD, Director of the Residency School of Anaesthesia at Humanitas University, Milan; President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, MD, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists; Chief Health Economist, Microclinic International, Dr. Monica Gandhi MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, UCSF/ San Francisco General Hospital, Dr. Scott L. Greer, PhD, Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and Political Science, University of Michigan in conversation with author Dr. Peter Baldwin, PhD. This dialogue was moderated by NYU Florence co-directors Dr. Larry Wolff, PhD and Dr. Perri Klass, MD.

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Dr. Peter Baldwin, PhD

Dr. Peter Baldwin, PhD

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Dr. Maurizio Cecconi

Dr. Maurizio Cecconi, MD

Perri Klass

Dr. Perri Klass, MD

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, MD

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, MD

Dr. Larry Wolff

Dr. Larry Wolff, PhD

Dr. Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

Dr. Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

Dr. Scott L. Greer, PhD

Dr. Scott L. Greer, Ph.D