Andrew Natsios, director of the Snowcroft Institute and former U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator, said a pandemic could hit pretty much any time. He claims increasingly isolationist policies in America and beyond are affecting our preparation.
“International cooperation in a whole bunch of areas that should not be controversial, like handling the spread of disease, is now going to be much more difficult,” Natsios said. “We haven’t been tested yet.”
Natsios said the “breakdown of international cooperation” means the U.S. and other countries will be ill-prepared for a pandemic. He cited Trump pulling out of international agreements, Trump distancing America from its allies, and isolationism spreading in other regions, like Britain, as reasons international cooperation is not where it once was.