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Pandemics, Pills, and Politics

Governing Global Health Security

Stefan Elbe

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The fascinating story of Tamiflu's development and stockpiling against global health threats.orld's most prominent medical countermeasure, Tamiflu.

A pill can strengthen national security? The suggestion may seem odd, but many states around the world believe precisely that. Confronted with pandemics, bioterrorism, and emerging infectious diseases, governments are transforming their security policies to include the proactive development, acquisition, stockpiling, and mass distribution of new pharmaceutical defenses. What happens—politically, economically, and socially—when governments try to…

The fascinating story of Tamiflu's development and stockpiling against global health threats.orld's most prominent medical countermeasure, Tamiflu.

A pill can strengthen national security? The suggestion may seem odd, but many states around the world believe precisely that. Confronted with pandemics, bioterrorism, and emerging infectious diseases, governments are transforming their security policies to include the proactive development, acquisition, stockpiling, and mass distribution of new pharmaceutical defenses. What happens—politically, economically, and socially—when governments try to protect their populations with pharmaceuticals? How do competing interests among states, pharmaceutical companies, regulators, and scientists play out in the quest to develop new medical countermeasures? And do citizens around the world ultimately stand to gain or lose from this pharmaceuticalization of security policy?

Stefan Elbe explores these complex questions in Pandemics, Pills, and Politics, the first in-depth study of the world’s most prominent medical countermeasure, Tamiflu. Taken by millions of people around the planet in the fight against pandemic flu, Tamiflu has provoked suspicions about undue commercial influence in government decision-making about stockpiles. It even found itself at the center of a prolonged political battle over who should have access to the data about the safety and effectiveness of medicines.

Pandemics, Pills, and Politics shows that the story of Tamiflu harbors deeper lessons about the vexing political, economic, legal, social, and regulatory tensions that emerge as twenty-first-century security policy takes a pharmaceutical turn. At the heart of this issue, Elbe argues, lies something deeper: the rise of a new molecular vision of life that is reshaping the world we live in.

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An important and refreshing book by one of the leading scholars in global health governance and critical security studies. Elbe's study on the politics of the pharmaceutical medical countermeasures demonstrates why his research is at the cutting edge of the international relations discipline.

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9
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280
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9781421425580
Table of Contents

Brief Synopsis
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Disclaimer
1. Encapsulating Security
Part I
2. Discovering a Virus's Achilles Heel
3. The Pill Always Wins
Part II
4. What a Difference a Day Makes
5

Brief Synopsis
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Disclaimer
1. Encapsulating Security
Part I
2. Discovering a Virus's Achilles Heel
3. The Pill Always Wins
Part II
4. What a Difference a Day Makes
5. Virtual Blockbuster
Part III
6. In the Eye of the Storm
7. 'Ode to Tamiflu'
8. Data Backlash
9. 'To Boldly Go'
10. Epilogue
References

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Stefan Elbe
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Stefan Elbe

Stefan Elbe is the director of the Centre for Global Health Policy and a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Strategic Implications of HIV/AIDS, Security and Global Health, and Virus Alert: Security, Governmentality, and the AIDS Pandemic.