‘Failure could set the world on fire.’ Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, 96, warns coronavirus could spell economic doom for generations and tells US to ‘safeguard the liberal world order’

Saturday, April 4, 2020
By Paul Martin

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned of global economic doom
He wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, issuing a dire proclamation that ‘failure could set the world on fire’
The 96-year-old believes the White House has done ‘a solid job in avoiding immediate catastrophe’
He says the US needs to work quickly to find a cure, pitch in to rebuild the global economy and protect the ‘liberal world order’
Kissinger writes: ‘Not even the U.S. can in a purely national effort overcome the virus’
As of Saturday morning, there has been 1.1 million people who tested positive for the deadly virus and 60,400 dead globally, according to the CDC
In the United States, there are 278,602 cases and 7,170 dead

By CHEYENNE ROUNDTREE
DAILYMAIL.COM
4 April 2020

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned coronavirus could cause global economic doom that could last for generations if appropriate measures aren’t taken.

Kissinger, who served under President Nixon and President Ford, wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, issuing a dire proclamation that ‘failure could set the world on fire’.

The 96-year-old believes the White House has done ‘a solid job in avoiding immediate catastrophe,’ but adds the government needs to work efficiently and in a farsighted manner to beat the disease, not only to regain Americans’ trust but the world’s trust.

Kissinger writes: ‘When the Covid-19 pandemic is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed. Whether this judgement is objectively fair is irrelevant. The reality is the world will never be the same after the coronavirus.’

He says the US needs to work quickly to find a cure, pitch in to rebuild the global economy and protect the ‘liberal world order’, adding ‘not even the U.S. can in a purely national effort overcome the virus.’

As of Saturday morning, there has been 1.1 million people who tested positive for the deadly virus and 60,400 dead globally, according to the CDC.

In the United States, there are 278,602 cases and 7,170 dead, according to a community-sourced data tracker.

No cure has been found and medical workers have sounded the alarm that there is not enough personal protective equipment to keep themselves safe, as several doctors and nurses have died while treating patients.

Kissinger acknowledges the shortfalls, writing: ‘Medical supplies are insufficient to cope with the widening waves of cases. Intensive-care units are on the verge, and beyond, of being overwhelmed.

‘Testing is inadequate to the task of identifying the extent of infection, much less reversing its spread. A successful vaccine could be 12 to 18 months away. ‘

To beat the virus, Kissinger writes the US needs to work with the rest of the world, saying, ‘the necessities of the moment must ultimately be coupled with a global collaborative vision and program.’

He offers three steps the US needs to take in order to work toward beating coronavirus and then stabilising the economy, the first being finding a cure or treatment for the virus.

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