Novekedes: Geopolitics of Coronavirus

Novekedes, a leading Hungarian media portal, has published a piece by Abishur Prakash titled “Geopolitics of Coronavirus.” This piece examines how Coronavirus is affecting geopolitics and the new realities companies and countries should be aware of. Below is an excerpt of the article (translated into English from Hungarian). For the full article in Hungarian, click here or for the English translation click here.

On December 31, 2019, a Canadian artificial intelligence startup, BlueDot, discovered a new disease. It was the coronavirus. It took almost a week for people-led organizations to spring up.

On January 6, 2020, the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) noticed the coronavirus. Three days later, on January 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning.

And on January 30, the WHO declared a global health emergency due to the coronavirus.

The epidemic has now grown into an international crisis. Companies have been partially shut down. The world is in competition with time to curb the virus and find the antidote – but this is more than just a disease; geopolitics and technology also play an important role. After all, an algorithm, not a human, discovered the coronavirus, the most dangerous epidemic since the Spanish cold.

And with health systems, geopolitics is increasingly determining how the virus affects the world.