Albert Camus’ masterpiece The Plague written at the end of the Second World War traced how it affected people in an Algerian town. One could say it was prescient. This piece was inspired by the book Surviving Lockdown: Human Nature in Social Isolation. The author, David Cohen, has written this piece to outline how governments all over the world have tried to cope with coronavirus during 2020. The article analyses what has gone wrong with the pandemic response of individual countries and compares the experiences in the U.K with those in other parts of the world, such as countries like Taiwan and New Zealand that have done well through swift action. This piece also examines the anxiety that many people will refuse the vaccine – and asks why they will do so. You can find David’s book here on our website: