Incessant prattling of lobbyists for State-sponsored bioterrorism (code name “biodefense”) notwithstanding, there hasn’t ever been a deadly global pandemic, or a pathogen with the potential to circulate around the whole world and kill millions or billions of people.

So there can’t be another one, or a next one, or any other future one for which the lessons of Covid must be learned; new treaties and laws must be drafted, signed and enforced; new surveillance and control programs developed; and billions of preparatory dollars spent.

There was a first theatrical production of the illusion of a deadly global pandemic: the 1918 Spanish flu.

And now there has been a second theatrical production of the illusion of a deadly global pandemic: Covid-19.

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