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Pandemics, Power, and Three-Dimensional Chess: Why We Need Serious International Cooperation on Global Health Now

MALD candidate Alex Betley publishes op-ed in MinnPost on the importance of transnational relations to control the coronavirus.

It has often been said that disease knows no borders. With the emergence and spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, no insight could be more relevant today.

Right now, COVID-19 is going global, both taking advantage of and hampering our interconnected world. The ease of global travel in the 21st century makes this especially worrisome, as we have now seen substantial outbreaks of the virus beyond East Asia in places like Iran and Italy. At present, the world is just beginning to observe the contours of broad-based community spread here in the United States, bringing the impact of this pathogen especially close to home. In addition, financial markets are in a frenzy, with extreme day-to-day volatility punctuated by a fleeing to government debt that has pushed the 10-year Treasury yield below 1% for the first time in history.

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