Nature  |  December 22, 2021

“No one is safe from infectious diseases unless everyone is safe,” says World Health Organization adviser Lawrence Gostin. Discouraged but inspired by COVID‑19, his wide-ranging study analyses the science and politics of past and present global disease, with hypothetical exercises about a new influenza, bioterrorism and cholera. He recommends steps to reduce pandemic risk, such as increasing surveillance of animal pathogens and their movement. Above all, he calls for a “new politics”, free from nationalistic populism.

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