A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP
A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP
Chen Xu
Opinion

Opinion

Chen Xu

Coronavirus crisis exposes the myth of global security built on nation-state competition

  • The world cannot survive a threat like a virus that knows no national or ideological boundaries, unless governments, multinational corporations and research institutes reset the rules of engagement to encourage information sharing and exchange

A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP
A medical worker handles patients’ samples at a coronavirus testing lab set up by the local community centre in West Palm Beach, north of Miami, in the US, on March 30. The Covid-19 pandemic has trounced existing international coordination mechanisms on disease control and prevention, exposing the fragile security system in which we live. Photo: AFP
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