Strengthening China's Public Health Response System

From SARS to COVID-19

Published in: American Journal of Public Health (2020). doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305654

Posted on RAND.org on April 03, 2020

by Jennifer Bouey

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Today, the world is experiencing a pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the third disease from a coronavirus to cause a global outbreak, after severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and the second that emerged from China. During the 17 years between the SARS and the COVID-19 outbreaks, China has quadrupled its share of the world economy, lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and established a national health insurance system covering 95% of its 1.4 billion people. Will China's public heath response to a coronavirus epidemic be different this time?

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