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Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2022

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576427.001.0001

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Understanding What Matters Most

Understanding What Matters Most

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The Contagion Next Time

Sandro Galea

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how science can shape the understanding of what matters most for health. Throughout the pandemic, it is science that helped in understanding the link between health and the foundational forces discussed in the previous chapters, so that when it came time to make important choices, such as who first gets the vaccine, we were able to do so guided by a sense of what matters most. Ultimately, promoting a science for better health is core to creating a healthier world, post-COVID-19. The spectacular success of vaccine development during the pandemic will raise the understandable temptation of redoubling focus on doctors and medicines, orienting even more of the scientific energies towards treatments. We should take care that this does not distract focus from robust exploration of the socioeconomic forces that shape public health.

Keywords:   science, health, pandemic, COVID-19, vaccine development, treatments, socioeconomic forces, public health

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