Political Economy of COVID-19 and Climate Change Response:
Differently Indifferent Policy Narratives and Actions
COVID-19, the ongoing pandemic has not been simply a health issue and a concern of ensuring health care facilities, rather it involves systematic enforcement of multi-dimensional socio-economic imperatives required to prevent spreading of the highly contagious pathogen (SARS-CoV-2 virus). Pragmatically, battling COVID-19 involves two distinct and complementary dimensions; first, a preventive dimension e.g. social/physical distancing, lock-down, curfew, etc., while accepting the immediate and far-reaching implications on the people’s livelihoods, wellbeing, and loss in national economic growth, and second, the health care dimension such as diagnosis, isolation, contact tracing, dedicated health facilities, etc., while ensuring efficient, transparent, accountable, accessible and equitable health services for all.