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Covid-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened Reviews

Covid-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened by Debora MacKenzie

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened, and How to Stop the Next One

Debora MacKenzie

4.20 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 14 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780349128351

An accessible, authoritative book about the coronavirus pandemic by a leading journalist on the subject

5 stars out of 5
25 Jul 2020

"fast-paced, well-structured and highly accessible"

Essentially, MacKenzie’s book does three things. First, it describes in detail the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic; and here, MacKenzie’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the national and international systems and networks in place to deal with epidemics, and of the Geneva-based World Health Organisation which seeks to co-ordinate the global response, offers us a breathtaking insight into exactly what happened in China during the early weeks of the outbreak, as well as comprehensively demolishing many of the rumours and conspiracy theories surrounding the virus. MacKenzie is also minutely well-informed about the failures of the Chinese authorities in dealing with the early phase of the pandemic...


4 stars out of 5
18 Jul 2020

" combining policy analysis and criticism ... with scientific insights."

The most important requirement for the future is global solidarity in surveillance and tracking emerging infections and then the fastest possible international action to stop them spreading. “Viruses don’t care about human borders, identities or ideologies — just human cells,” MacKenzie concludes. “The question now is: Do we care enough about defeating them to truly join forces?”

4 stars out of 5
22 Jun 2020

"MacKenzie wisely leaves the specifics of who got what wrong when for another day."

Like Horton, MacKenzie thinks coronavirus is a “pandemic that should never have happened”. The fault lies with politicians for not taking the warnings sufficiently seriously and investing more money in pandemic deterrence. But aware that until we repair our injured planet and address the linked issues of globalisation and the disruption of animal habitats, Sars-CoV-2 is unlikely to be the last pandemic virus; MacKenzie also cautions that “hindsight helps you win the next battle, not the last one”.