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Global health science leverages established collaboration network to fight COVID-19

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Abstract: How has the science system reacted to the early stages of the COVID-19pandemic? Here we compare the (growing) international network for coronavirusresearch with the broader international health science network. Our findingsshow that, before the outbreak, coronavirus research realized a relativelysmall and rather peculiar niche within the global health sciences. As aresponse to the pandemic, the international network for coronavirus researchexpanded rapidly along the hierarchical structure laid out by the global healthscience network. Thus, in face of the crisis, the global health science systemproved to be structurally stable yet versatile in research. The observedversatility supports optimistic views on the role of science in meeting futurechallenges. However, the stability of the global core-periphery structure maybe worrying, because it reduces learning opportunities and social capital ofscientifically peripheral countries -- not only during this pandemic but alsoin its "normal " mode of operation.

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