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Global Cooperation Pandemic

Covid and the failure of global cooperation (Stephen Greenville, The Interpreter)

Book Review: Adam Tooze Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy (Allen Lane, 2021)

Adam Tooze’s account of the 2008 financial crisis – Crashed – demonstrated his ability to combine a rigorous account of history with sharp-edged economics and a compelling storyline. He brings the same narrative skills to bear on the Covid crisis in his latest offering, Shutdown.

Tooze’s key message is that Covid was a textbook opportunity to demonstrate effective global cooperation. Despite the stunning achievement of rapid vaccine invention and production, the challenge – vaccinating the world population – is proving difficult, failing to achieve the immense benefits that universal collaboration could bring.

Covid and the failure of global cooperation | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)