Pandemics in the age of Trump

June 2, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 26th May 2017, written by Christian W. McMillen, author of Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction.

Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction

"If Donald Trump’s administration maintains its commitments to stoking nationalism, reducing foreign aid, and ignoring or denying science, the United States and the world will be increasingly vulnerable to pandemics.

When these positions are reversed—that is, when foreign aid is increased; when, in times of pandemics, national interests are subservient to global cooperation; and when science and evidence are our guides—great strides have been made in ridding the world of epidemic and pandemic diseases and relieving the suffering felt by millions. History is not a blueprint for future action—history, after all, never offers perfect analogies. However, there is little dispute among historians of medicine and science that the past has taught us a lot about what works and what doesn’t..."

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.


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