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The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for governments to improve their preparedness and response to this and future epidemics. In a comment in Nature Medicine, a group of experts, including Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) researcher Jeffrey V. Lazarus and ISGlobal's general director Antoni Plasència, propose a scorecard that can help assess governments’ response to the current pandemic and better prepare for future outbreaks.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for governments and the global community, and the current crisis is the result of cuts to healthcare, social care, and public health budgets", says Jeffrey V. Lazarus.
Building on the WHO's framework for health systems, the authors have drawn up six recommendations for government action.
The authors argue that the success of these actions depends on public trust in the government. Hence, the COVID-19 Assessment Scorecard (COVID-SCORE), with a list of 19 statements that can be scored from 1 to 5 (from completely disagree to completely agree).
Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Agnes Binagwaho, Ayman A. E. El-Mohandes, Jonathan E. Fielding, Heidi J. Larson, Antoni Plasència, Vytenis Andriukaitis & Scott C. Ratzan. Keeping governments accountable: the COVID-19 Assessment Scorecard (COVID-SCORE). Nature Medicine. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0950-0