On Wednesday, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and a German partner, BioNTech, announced that they had reached a $1.95 billion deal with the U.S. government for 50 million courses of a Covid-19 vaccine — provided that it works. In the meantime, the U.S. has struggled to implement more low-tech interventions.
In “The Precipice,” Toby Ord sees humanity at a crossroads, and examines the daunting existential risks to our survival, and how we might confront them. Will we address anthropogenic threats head-on? What do we owe to our descendants? Ord is looking to the future of humanity — and how to ensure it arrives.