CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS The anti-vax movement is an authentic modern death cult. Internet platforms are justified in saying they won’t be party to its spread. But this is not enough.
CLAIRE BERLINSKI AND YURI DEIGAN, PARIS AND MOSCOW Anti-vaccine cranks have been issuing the same baleful warnings since Edward Jenner administered the first vaccine against smallpox in 1796. They’ve always been wrong.
CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS The Internet has enabled the anti-vaccination movement to become a global menace, threatening millions of lives. Censorship is a blunt tool. It does nothing to address the larger phenomenon: the crumbling of the epistemic architecture of our society.
CLAIRE BERLINSKI, PARIS Rapid advances in biotechnology mean that soon, millions of labs, around the world, will have the know-how and the means to create genetically engineered viruses. The law of averages says one of them will screw up. Nothing else poses a greater threat to the human race.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR, MUMBAI India thought it had escaped the worst of the Covid19 pandemic. It was wrong. The country’s governing elite failed to plan adequately for the inevitable second wave of infections.