Rapid Response

Spawned in mid-2020, amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and the Covid-19 pandemic, Rapid Response publishes essays that relate to rapidly evolving experiences.

Latest Posts


Beyond the Market Monopoly: How Patents Act

Zahra Hayat

July 21, 2021

As the covid-19 pandemic highlights the fault lines between rich and poor countries, one set of debates has crystallized around the question of access to vaccines. Countries in the global North, including the U.S., U.K., and Canada have surpluses; countries in the global South do not have nearly enough. For… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


Pfizer and the Sovereign: Cuba’s COVID19 vaccine offers an interesting counterpoint to the Pfizer roll-out in the US.

Naomi Schoenfeld

December 21, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, the COVID19 pandemic rages on, yet, undoubtedly, we have entered a distinct phase as a number of countries now begin or plan for mass distribution and administration of newly developed vaccines. As of this writing, there are six approved vaccines and over 50 candidates… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


On border crossings: COVID-19 as a test to global health’s architecture

Fiona Gedeon Achi

November 12, 2020

As we hear about how the world – especially Europe – is currently experiencing the “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries are enacting new lockdowns as well as border closures and restrictions. Public announcements exhort travelers to carefully follow local restrictions, including to submit themselves to thorough quarantine… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine

Antoine S. Johnson, Ayah Nuriddin, and Elise A. Mitchell

September 16, 2020

Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine The ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is revealing longstanding American health and healthcare disparities yet to be addressed. While some have described COVID as a “great equalizer,” policing, public health, medical care, and public funds are revealing otherwise. COVID-19’s impact on Black people in general… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: Black Lives Matter


Conditions of Immigration Detention Increase Risks for COVID-19 Disease Interactions

Ashley Houston, Bayla Ostrach, Kathleen Lynch, and Megan A. Carney

September 7, 2020

By mid-August, half of all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees in a single facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As COVID-19 cases surge uncontrolled in the United States, the specific conditions of ICE detention place detainees at a higher risk of exposure. Following the release of a report from the Department of… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses


Covid-19 and healthcare infrastructure in Turkey

Ebru Kayaalp and İbrahim Burhan Isik

August 30, 2020

As Covid-19 swept across the world in the early months of 2020, most countries adopted a similar approach to combatting the virus: encouraging social distancing and other protective measures at first, then imposing lockdowns and other more stringent measures as the virus spread. Despite these measures, many countries were still… (Continue Reading)

Blog Series: COVID-19 Responses