Mackenzie’s book on COVID-19 is an eye-opener on three main aspects. Firstly, it describes in detail the origin of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
She then sets the current pandemic in it historical context, wherein she dismisses the modern anti-vaxxers as a privileged generation. Later, she effectively advocates the role of government and dismisses market solution as inefficient to support the development of vaccines, anti-viral drugs and antibiotics.
Tactfully tailoring her knowledge of national and international systems and networks, Mackenzie, a science journalist gives us incisive insights into what exactly happened in China in the early days of the outbreak, thereby demolishing the many conspiracy theories surrounding it.
This book comes exactly at that time when the WHO is giving warning on how to control and avert a pandemic. This book can perhaps be called the first post-mortem of the disease. A gripping eye-opener that gives details about how the virus spread, our failings, and measures to be taken to control future threats, Mackenzie clears most of the rumours surrounding the epidemic. A frontrunner in the coverage of SARS, ebola, rabies, and AIDS in the last three decades, Mackenzie uses her expertise to make a way forward by learning from past experience.