The European Union was woefully unprepared to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, even though alarm bells started ringing in 2003, with the emergence of the SARS coronavirus. In this focused investigation of preparedness failures, policy experts Andrea Renda and Rosa J. Castro glean preliminary lessons for the future governance of public health crises. They recommend that economic policy focus on resilience, and they offer useful criteria for crisis responses that could improve current outcomes as well as those likely to follow.
About the Authors
Andrea Renda is a department director at the Centre for Economic Policy Studies. Rosa J. Castro is a policy officer at the Federation of the European Academies of Medicine.