In order to battle SARS-COV-2 – which obviously is going to exist forever and keep killing exponentially larger numbers of people every day, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding – the following will need to arise (emphasis in the quote is mine):
a global surveillance network capable of identifying new outbreaks as soon as they arise, laboratories in multiple locations around the world that can rapidly analyse new viral strains and develop effective treatments, large IT infrastructures so that communities can prepare and react effectively, appropriate and coordinated policy mechanisms to efficiently implement the decisions once they are made, and so on.
Only the utterly naive will believe that this is truly about SARS-COV-2, that this global surveillance network will limit itself to tracking SARS-COV-2 outbreaks, or that it is going to disappear once the virus is no longer an issue. The virus is clearly an excuse. Global surveillance is the goal.
Schwab recognizes this when he says that globalization has made life so incredibly risky and democratic governments so useless that nothing but intense global surveillance can offer us any security in the face of all these uniquely terrifying and extremely riskily risky risks that are putting us all at risk.
If you think I overused the word “risk,” don’t read Schwab’s book. His use of the word is a lot more liberal and, I’d even say, somewhat hypnotizing.