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Commentary on the Coronavirus pandemic

Hale, Rachel ORCID: 2020. Commentary on the Coronavirus pandemic. [Online]. Everyday Society: British Sociological Association. Available at:

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Drawing on my ethnographic doctoral study which analysed the UK experience of the 2009- 10 H1N1 influenza pandemic using an actor network theory (ANT) approach (Hale, 2016), there are transferrable insights to the current coronavirus pandemic. First, is the role of local, devolved, national and supranational networks in UK pandemic response/s. Since 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO), European Commission (EC) and European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) have helped to insert pandemic preparedness strategies into European nation states by providing guidance and support. However, while it is important to be aware of the global-scale in pandemic networks, as an ANT approach highlights, it is only ever the local-scale where action takes place.

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Date Type: Published Online
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Publisher: British Sociological Association
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 10:04

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