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Analysis Covid-19: The Road to Equity and Solidarity

Political economy of covid-19: extractive, regressive, competitive

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n73 (Published 22 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n73

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Politics, economy, covid-19, competition and fact

Dear Editor,

The take home message from the publication "Political economy of COVID-19: extractive, regressive, competitive [1]" that "Competitive attitudes by some countries have undermined the international response" and "Progress in public health requires governance reforms at multilateral institutions and international redistribution mechanisms" are very interesting. Whether this is a fact or not is the first question.

Managing the pandemic is not a sport or a game, and there should be international collaboration, not competition. However, it seems that some nations might overtly act and try to be the model for the others in disease management, despite the fact that there is no country in the world that can successfully contain the outbreak.

Whether there is a hidden agenda linked to the local political purpose, aiming at local popularity, is usually a simple question. Proper reaction, without over-reaction, is required. Standard public health management is appropriate. Too much or too little attempt is not acceptable. COVID-19 is not the single problem in any country. There are many problems to be managed, and good vision from a good governance system will lead to success.

References
1. Political economy of covid-19: extractive, regressive, competitive BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n73

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27 January 2021
Viroj Wiwanitkit
medical professor
DR DY Patil University, Pune, India