Henry Kissinger

Ex US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for a liberal world order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

In an article published by the Wall Street Journal, Kissinger praised the White House for doing a “solid job in avoiding immediate catastrophe”, noting that the US government now has to work efficiently in order to stop the viral threat, and claiming that “when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed”.

He said that the coronavirus pandemic will forever alter the world order and said “the principles of the liberal world order need to be protected”.

He added that a widespread vaccination program should be commenced and added: “We need to develop new techniques and technologies for infection control and commensurate vaccines across large populations. 

“Cities, states and regions must consistently prepare to protect their people from pandemics through stockpiling, cooperative planning and exploration at the frontiers of science.”

According to Kissinger, the next step is to ‘heal the wounds to the world economy’.

The world order also includes a new ideology of internationalism and world leaders across the globe working together on a common agenda, he said.

In addition, he added: “The pandemic has prompted an anachronism, a revival of the walled city in an age when prosperity depends on global trade and movement of people. The world’s democracies need to defend and sustain their enlightenment values. A global retreat from balancing power with legitimacy will cause the social contract to disintegrate both domestically and internationally.”

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