Canada’s former federal health minister Jane Philpott will soon have a new COVID-19 credential under her belt: a book detailing the impacts of the outbreak. Titled Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19, it’s published by the University of Ottawa Press and set to be released on July 14. At a hefty 628 pages, the book is edited by Ms. Philpott, Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonell, Sophie Thériault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram and it costs $95.95 for cloth, $49.95 for paperback, and $29.99 in eBook. “Hopefully, COVID-19 will force us to deeply reflect on how we govern and our policy priorities; to focus preparedness, precaution, and recovery to include all, not just some,” reads a description of the book, which Ms. Philpott co-edited and comes complete with 43 peer-reviewed chapters. She tweeted a one minute, 44-second video promoting the work, which features more than 60 authors, on June 29. “This pandemic has been a massive wake-up call to expose the vulnerabilities that have existed for a very long time,” says Ms. Philpott in the video. The book chronicles the impact on those who have been directly by the virus as well as those harmed by measures taken to slow its progress, including at the institutional, governance, and legal levels.
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