Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Health Security

Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Health Security

COVID-19 and Ensuring Future Pandemic Preparedness in Ireland and the World

1st Edition - September 1, 2022

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  • Authors: Sebastian Kevany, Aoife Kirk
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917056

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Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Health Security: Ensuring Future Preparedness for Small Island Nations and the World reviews the many lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include epidemic preparedness, the politics of epidemics, health security, anti-vaccine campaigns, vaccine preparedness, the need for detailed information sharing and infection tracking versus protected health information, the effects on international relations, the need for intelligence assets to contribute to global health, and the development of biodefense shields.

Key Features

  • Focuses on health security and epidemic control in small island countries
  • Presents international relations and affairs in the public health context
  • Summarizes major lessons learned for humanity from the 2020-21 pandemic


Academics, students, and policymakers in the field of global health and epidemiology, as well as health security and biodefense

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Politicization of Health
    2. Fortress Ireland
    3. What Have We Learned?
    4. Lockdown Alternatives
    5. Vaccine Preparedness
    6. Anti-Vaccine Campaigns and the Irish Far Right: How Do We Respond?
    7. Military Involvement in Vaccinations
    8. Information Sharing
    9. Original Responses
    10. Lessons for Developing Countries
    11. Health Security
    12. Public Access to PHI
    13. Medical Intelligence
    14. Biodefense Shields
    15. International Relations Implications

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917056

About the Authors

Sebastian Kevany

Sebastian Kevany
Sebastian Kevany, MA, MPH, PhD has conducted over 100 global health and development missions to Africa, the Middle East, the South Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Asia with a focus on monitoring and evaluation, health security, international relations, human rights, health diplomacy, and international governance. Sebastian holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland); an MPH degree from the University of Cape Town (South Africa); is a former adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin; is an affiliate of the University of California (USA); and holds a doctorate by life research from the University of Westminster (United Kingdom). Dr. Kevany is the Author of Barefoot Global Health Diplomacy: Field Experiences in International Relations, Security, and Epidemics, published December 2020 by Elsevier / Academic Press, 9780128186817.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii

Aoife Kirk

After qualifying from Medicine in NUIG Ireland, Dr. Aoife Kirk spent the last few years working as a junior doctor in Ireland, New Zealand and London, UK. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Aoife worked within Public Health in Ireland, Respiratory and ICU departments in a Dublin hospital, and has witnessed a range of the widespread effects the pandemic has created. She was introduced to the concept of Planetary Health whilst undertaking MPH in London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is one of the co-founders of Irish Doctors for Environment (IDE). She is the international link for IDE through work with Planetary Health Alliance, Health Care Without Harm and WONCA Working Party on the Environment. Aoife is passionate about the opportunities a carbon-zero future provides for the health of global citizens, biodiversity, interdisciplinary teamwork, research-driven policy and providing safe, efficient healthcare services.

Affiliations and Expertise

Medical Doctor, Ireland

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