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JSIS 495 C – Robert Pekkanen: Coronavirus Pandemic Response Around the World

Task Force

Task Force

Faculty Adviser

Robert Pekkanen

Robert Pekkanen

Professor

Can where you live determine your chance of surviving COVID-19? Why would one government choose to mandate coronavirus testing while another chooses only to discourage gatherings over a certain number of people? How does a country’s pharmaceutical industry’s ability to develop a vaccine change global power dynamics? In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, national measures across the world range wildly from varying degrees of lockdown to contact tracing to more permissive policies. It is the aim of this Task Force to investigate these national variations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Task Force goes further to also examine the reasons for these divergent responses, the life-or-death consequences, and the implications of differing procedures in both international and domestic contexts. Relying on developing research literature, press reports and breaking headlines, and analyses of worldwide responses to previous pandemics, students will seek the answers to these questions and gain a deeper understanding of the far-reaching effects of this modern global phenomenon.

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