Coronavirus: Canada missed opportunity for ‘early warning,’ security expert says

Article Link: https://globalnews.ca/news/6809748/coronavirus-canada-warning-security/

Discussion posted by: JohnF44

It was last on a list of eight threat scenarios, but the danger of a global pandemic made the cut when the Liberal government issued a national security policy in 2004. With the then-recent SARS outbreak in mind, the government said it would integrate its approach to public health emergencies with its national security agenda, including when drafting threat assessments. The promise wasn’t fulfilled, leaving Canada woefully exposed during the COVID-19 crisis, says security-and-intelligence expert Wesley Wark. All one had to do was turn on the news to see the empty streets of Wuhan and the escalating casualty figures. “With regard to COVID-19, there has been a failure of early warning, and we are reaping the consequences of that.” “What does this mean for the resources we have? What are the questions we want to ask?”