SCIENCE Covid 19: Politics of Knowledge, Public Health and the World Order

In the present era of a knowledge society, the world order will be shaped more than ever before by the politics of knowledge. In the post-COVID world, public health knowledge is likely to be a significant contributor. This article briefly discusses the various contemporary public health approaches evident within the discipline: global health, community medicine and critical public health. Then it goes on to analyse country level policy approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic, delineating a tentative four-category typology, based on available information. Finally, it sets out the possible outcome indicators that should be used to assess the national responses.

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