Some Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis

Amb. John O. Kakonge


Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus early in 2020, many lessons have been learned, both positive and negative. This paper considers some general lessons that can be drawn and the implications for future health crises. Specifically, it considers the need for preparedness of countries, the necessity of having available Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), the value of nurses, and the importance of scientist participation in decision-making. The article draws from examples across the world but pays special attention to Africa.

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