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This module the current organizations and systems in place that can facilitate global scientific cooperation to defeat COVID-19. The module first examines to what extent these systems have adapted during the pandemic and how some organizations have risen to the occasion to research treatments and solutions to the pandemic. Additionally, the module examines the role of the United Nations. Finally, the module examines examples of international cooperation and financial commitments to creating and distributing a vaccine.

This video below was recorded for the Teaching Pandemic Initiative and is also available to Northeastern’s alumni community worldwide. In the video, the central questions address in this module are:

  • What are the organizations/systems in place for global scientific cooperation to defeat COVID-19?
  • How have multiple organizations/systems adapted given the need for urgent solutions and research into the disease and vaccines?
  • What has been the role of the United Nations in this process?
  1. Lecture: Welcome/Overview Video

By the end of this module, you should have a comprehensive understanding of the global cooperation that is happening to tackle the pandemic.


  1. Reading: Ewen Callaway, “The Race for Coronavirus Vaccines: A Graphical Guide,” Nature
  2. Reading: Jonathan CorumKatherine J. Wu and The New York Times
  3. Reading: Jonathan CorumSui-Lee Wee and  The New York Times
  4. Video: “COVAX: Ensuring Global Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines”
  5. Video: “How has WHO responded to COVID-19”
  6. Graphic: WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan



  1. Reading: “The Optimist,” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. Video: Bill Gates on the Global Response to Covid-19,” Aspen Ideas Video
  3. Video: “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future | The Concert”

About Global Goal

  • Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Concert Broadcast Special Aired Saturday, June 27, 2020 Following Global Goal: Unite for Our Future—The Summit
  • $1.5 Billion to Address Both the Health-Related Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the Broader Effects of the Pandemic on Those Living In Poverty; $5.4 Billion in Loans and Guarantees Committed by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank to Support the World’s Most Fragile Economies; 250 Million Vaccine Doses to be Made Available to the World’s Poorest Countries
  • Financial and Political Support From 40 Governments, Including all G7 Member States and key Intergovernmental Bodies – European Union, United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS – to Promote Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Tests, Treatments and Vaccines Worldwide.