A global pandemic could kill more people than nuclear war, former VP candidate Lieberman warns

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981009-F-5789F-505 U.S. Army Pvt. Danielle Williams, of the 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Chemical Company puts on her chemical gloves during a Nuclear, Chemical and Biological skills challenge at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, on Oct. 9, 1998. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Faulisi, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

The United States needs to sharpen its biodefense strategy to guard against the possibility of a global pandemic and the potential of a terrorist attack using a virus, Joe Lieberman, a former longtime U.S. senator, told CNBC on Thursday.

“Two things keep me up. One is that a group like ISIS will develop a synthetic form of the flu, a powerful flu, and move it into our population,” said the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate. “The second, which is probably the more likely, [with] similar effect, is that there be an infectious disease pandemic.” Continue reading.