SARS and Vulnerabilities of Post-Westphalian Public Health
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Reflecting on the experience of handling the SARS epidemic, WHO’s Mike Ryan observed that’ [a] Rubicon has been crossed. There’s no going back now’ (Piller, 2003). As previous chapters illuminated, the SARS outbreak confirms that public health has moved into post-Westphalian governance territory with respect to infectious diseases. The successful management of the global SARS threat provides ample evidence that the governance possibilities in post-Westphalian public health possess exciting potential. Much future work, including the completion of the revision of the International Health Regulations and the establishment of the public-private partnership to fund improvements in national SARS-related surveillance and response capabilities, will focus on exploiting the possibilities revealed dramatically in the SARS crisis.