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Jakarta Post

Insight: Public health and Indonesia’s foreign policy in time of coronavirus

  • Andrew W. Mantong

  /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  12:45 am

On the issue of public health, foreign policy and international security agenda have been dominated by issues of infection epidemic and biological terror risk. There have been numerous research studies on the effects of epidemics and biological terror on security, economic burden, social fragmentation, peace missions and the risk of diseases used as a biological weapon. When trying to find a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government should take into consideration these international dimensions.

The World Health Organization first called on countries to pay attention to global epidemics in 2001 during the 54th World Health Assembly, when it urged countries to improve disease surveillance and system monitoring at the national and regional levels. Responding to Ebola, monkeypox, West Nile virus and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), developed countries rolled out mostl...