How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One
The story of COVID-19 and how global politics shape our health - from a world-leading expert and the pandemic's go-to science communicator
Professor Devi Sridhar has risen to prominence for her vital roles in communicating science to the public and speaking truth to power. In Preventable she highlights lessons learned from outbreaks past and present in a narrative that traces the COVID-19 pandemic - including her personal experience as a scientist - and sets out a vision for how we can better protect ourselves from the inevitable health crises to come.
In gripping and heartfelt prose, Sridhar exposes the varied realities of those affected and puts you in the room with key decision makers at crucial moments. She vibrantly conveys the twists and turns of a plot that saw: deadlier variants emerge (contrary to the predictions of social media pundits who argued it would mutate to a milder form); countries with weak health systems like Senegal and Vietnam fare better than countries like the US and UK (which were consistently ranked as the most prepared); and the quickest development of game-changing vaccines in history (and their unfair distribution).
Combining science, politics, ethics and economics, this definitive book dissects the global structures that determine our fate, and reveals the deep-seated economic and social inequalities at their heart - it will challenge, outrage and inspire.
Praise for Preventable
Devi is a public health expert with deep knowledge and expertise in the field. She has a unique ability to translate complex public health challenges, research and recommendations into language experts and non-experts alike can understand. I always read and listen to what she has to say and I hope you will tooChelsea Clinton
Devi has a deep understanding of the science of public health crises, analytic skills that permit her to recommend sound evidence-based policies, and a remarkable ability to clearly articulate her ideas. To read Devi's writing on global health is to learn a how we have gotten where we are, and what we can do about it moving forward.Professor David Heymann
One of the most brilliant scientists in the world who has been proven consistently right in this crisisPiers Morgan
Those who have found Professor Devi Sridhar's expertise and calm advice invaluable since the arrival of Covid-19 will be glad to know that she has written PreventableRachel Cooke, Guardian, 'Nonfiction to look out for in 2022'
Devi Sridhar, professor of global public health at Edinburgh university, examines how the pandemic changed the world and how we might stop the next one happeningFinancial Times, 'The books to read in 2022'
Brilliant. I read it like a thriller that I had lived through, a fascinating, detailed and personal account of the pandemic that takes you behind and beyond the headlines. I suspect it will be the most readable account of all the analyses that will followChris van Tulleken
Excellent . . . Fair, clear and compelling. And like all of Devi's contributions over the course of the pandemic, very accessibleNicola Sturgeon
Contributions such as Devi's will be the building blocks of the learning we need, as a global community, to create the awareness required for the healthier and safer world all people deserveDr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organization
The sensational story of how a disaster was turned into a catastrophe, with the clarity, precision and humanity that you would expect from one of the most important voices of reason of the COVID era. A brutally compelling reminder that if voices like Devi's had been listened to, so many more could have livedOwen Jones