Biopolitics: Power, Pandemics and War

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2023-01-26
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Elsevier
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COVID-19 and the subsequent global response have had a profound impact on the public health, economic health, and political health in nearly every country. This article examines the biopolitics of power and pandemics in war. Three case studies are presented: the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918–1920 and responses to the COVID-19 outbreak in both Syria and in eastern Ukraine. The pandemic's impact has been particularly acute in active warzones, undermining the ability of governments and organizations to enforce public health recommendations, provide for the care of patients, secure supplies, and transmit information.

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4408 Political Science, 44 Human Society, Influenza, Pneumonia & Influenza, Emerging Infectious Diseases
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