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We live in the age of the pandemic. This is what we need to do about it

The big practical challenge involves developing responses at national and international level so that we can co-ordinate and act in the face of a global pandemic

By Peter Frankopan   Winter Special

The scale of the potential threat demands careful preparation. Photo: Prospect composite

We live in an interconnected world: more people live in cities than at any time in human history, and they live closer to each other than ever before. As this new decade starts, travel between cities is quicker and cheaper than ever: more than half the world’s population live less than an hour from a major city; flight networks mean that almost every city in Africa, Asia and Europe is less than 18 hours apart—including with flight…

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