How Should Global Health Security Priorities Be Set in the Global North and West?

AMA J Ethics. 2020 Jan 1;22(1):E50-54. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2020.50.


Epidemics threaten all countries, yet epidemic responses are not implemented in all countries. One reason why is that transnational disease containment efforts (to keep diseases from spreading across borders) differ in important ways from efforts to protect those in countries where an epidemic is active. This article explores these 2 approaches to global health security and suggests reasons to reconsider prioritizing the former first.

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Beneficence
  • Communicable Disease Control*
  • Developed Countries
  • Developing Countries
  • Epidemics / ethics*
  • Europe
  • Global Health / ethics*
  • Health Equity / ethics*
  • Health Priorities / ethics*
  • Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Pandemics
  • United States