Introduction to the special issue: Management Science in the Fight Against Covid-19

Morton, A and Bish, E and Megiddo, I and Zhuang, W and Aringhieri, R and Brailsford, S and Deo, S and Geng, N and Higle, J and Hutton, D and Janssen, M and Kaplan, E H and Li, J and Oliveira, M D and Prinja, S and Rauner, M and Silal, S and Song, J (2021) Introduction to the special issue: Management Science in the Fight Against Covid-19. Health Care Management Science, 24 (2). pp. 251-252. ISSN 1386-9620

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At the time of writing of this Editorial in April 2021, Covid-19 continues to ravage our planet, with an official global death toll now exceeding three million, and a horrendous legacy of economic and human damage. The roll-out of vaccination has given hope that we will soon reach the end of this chapter of history. However, it will take years for the world to overcome this calamity and many individuals whose health or livelihoods have been destroyed will never fully recover.

This failure of the world to effectively respond to the challenge of Covid-19 is all the more bitter because the outbreak of a novel pathogen was entirely predictable; the spread, preventable; and the suffering, avoidable. The experience of different countries around the world shows that the ability to plan, and to execute plans in a disciplined fashion, can make all the difference between relative security and catastrophe.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Healthcare
Operations Management
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 10:06
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 10:06

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