The Nanovic Institute is pleased to announce the publication of “Healthcare and Healing: An Analysis of EU Country Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Funded by Nanovic, these infographic slides and accompanying podcasts are the result of collaborative research, writing, and design by six undergraduate students at the University of Notre Dame. These students undertook this project as research assistants for the Institute over the 2021 summer break under the guidance of Director Clemens Sedmak and Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal.
“Healthcare and Healing” investigates how six European countries—France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, and the United Kingdom—responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between political decision makers and the healthcare sector. Building off the data points captured in the infographic slides, the team opted to create a podcast in order to more fully discuss the implications of the national healthcare systems, vaccine rollout, and approaches to the pandemic’s first and second waves. The project evaluates and compares the merits of centralized and decentralized approaches to the ongoing pandemic response.