As we saw with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and countless other international health emergencies, the willingness of Europe to stand up and provide for others in times of crisis has continued to be one of its defining characteristics. And it has saved, and continues to save, innumerable lives around the globe.
Yet, in this era of profound changes – Brexit, heightened security fears, migration crises, climate change, and economic fragility – there is some uncertainty as to where international cooperation is headed. And in order to meet domestic obligations, contribution to international health efforts is declining.
But neither politics nor economics is a worthy excuse to neglect global health action. This is an investment that must be made now – or we will all see enormous costs later.