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Statement on the recurrent moves by the US to ‘weaponise’ the COVID-19 pandemic

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CASS (the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) has initiated an international discussion regarding the repeated attempts by successive US administrations to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to further the US’ geopolitical interests. In the framework of this discussion I made the following statement. Statement on the recurrent moves by the US to ‘weaponise’ the COVID-19 pandemic Since the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic the US has consistently tried to ‘weaponise’ it in order to sustain its imperialist status as the world superpower. The COVID-19 pandemic signified, at least for the West, a twin crisis: both health and economic. The latter was already simmering but it was triggered and aggravated by the former. This twin crisis threatens the already shaking foundations

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CASS (the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) has initiated an international discussion regarding the repeated attempts by successive US administrations to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to further the US’ geopolitical interests.

In the framework of this discussion I made the following statement.

Statement on the recurrent moves by the US to ‘weaponise’ the COVID-19 pandemic

Since the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic the US has consistently tried to ‘weaponise’ it in order to sustain its imperialist status as the world superpower. The COVID-19 pandemic signified, at least for the West, a twin crisis: both health and economic. The latter was already simmering but it was triggered and aggravated by the former. This twin crisis threatens the already shaking foundations of the US world supremacy.

The US, instead of trying to identify the deep structural causes of this twin crisis which lay at the heart of the capitalist system, tries to play a ‘blame game’ and pass the burden of the pandemic to other countries and especially those that do not heed to the US imperialist interests.

The US tries to attribute the eruption of the pandemic to some mythical Chinese conspiracy by directing its notorious intelligence agencies to produce unscientific and spurious reports. It also attempts to coerce international organisations, and WHO primarily among them, to follow the US in this slippery path by using direct and indirect pressure. Furthermore, the US champions vaccine nationalism and imperialism by restricting access to vaccines less developed countries and those not willing to succumb to its diktats.

Both the Trump and Biden administrations follow this path, proving that this is a universal policy choice of the US bourgeoisie irrespective of the internal strife of its fractions.

Humanity has nothing to gain but a lot to lose from this dirty US game. Instead of focusing on confronting the universal threat to all humanity by such epidemics, it is being pushed towards a world geopolitical tug-of-war for the sake of US imperialist interests.

Progressive forces and the Left should fight relentlessly against this imperialist policy.

Stavros Mavroudeas

Professor of Political Economy

Panteion University, Greece

Stavros Mavroudeas
He is currently Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Social Policy of Panteion University. He was previously Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia. He studied at the Economics Department of the National Kapodistriakon University of Athens, from where he received his BA Economics (1985 - First Class Honours).

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