The Power of Pandemics

Paul Beckwith

Mar 17, 2020
“It is the microbes who will have the last word.” — Louis Pasteur

“The conditions for infectious disease emergence and contagion are more dangerous than ever … due to overpopulation, urbanization, industrial livestock crowds and mobility; there was (is) a 20% chance that four pandemics could unsettle the globe over the next century” — 2016 Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future

“As dramatic agents of biological change pandemics represent tsunamis or bombs…pandemics have the energy to rattle and even collapse civilizations.” —Andrew Nikiforuk

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