On December 31, 2019, an outbreak of a new virus, SARS-CoV-2, was declared in Wuhan City, China. The virus is the cause of the disease known as COVID-19. As an unknown virus with a strong vector of contagion, COVID-19 has prompted most Western governments to declare a state of health emergency.
The purpose of this report is to compare strategies implemented by selected Arctic states to limit the spread of COVID-19. It identifies, examines, and compares the responses and strategies deployed in remote communities in Alaska, Greenland, and Norway with the approaches implemented in the Canadian North. In particular, this report focuses on the role of the national armed forces as responders of last resort, including in the management of pandemics.