Comment: Covid-19 has shown the need for an effective system of global governance

Even if we can muddle through this pandemic, we cannot necessarily muddle through the next one – or through other problems which require global solutions, such as climate change

‘A global economy makes local problems global: this is the biggest lesson from Covid-19.’ Picture: Getty

If an evil mind were to engineer the perfect virus to wipe out an animal species, it would choose the optimal combination of transmissibility and infection fatality rate. But to eliminate humanity, the evil mind would have to develop a virus capable of neutralizing human responses to it – not just individual responses (which are insufficient to deal with a pandemic) but collective ones, too. A perfectly engineered killer virus thus would be able to ...