The big one is coming: a global virus pandemic that could kill 33 million victims in its first 200 days . . .
At the extreme, with disrupted supply of food and medicines and without enough survivors to run computer or energy systems, the global economy would collapse. Starvation and looting could lay waste to parts of the world.
It’s a disaster movie nightmare. Yet it is waiting to come true, thanks to influenza — the most diabolical, hardest-to-control and fastest-spreading potential viral killer known to humankind.
As a medical doctor and a health chief who has led global programmes at the World Health Organisation (WHO), I believe that the world is at risk of a viral pandemic that will be at least as deadly as anything we have ever known before.
We are just as vulnerable now as we were 100 years ago, when the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic infected a third of the world’s population and wiped out up to 100 million people. It remains the deadliest flu outbreak in history. (Read more from “Top World Doctor: Influenza Outbreak May Kill Hundreds of Millions, Wipe out Global Systems” HERE)