It is tempting to see pandemics as unpredictable, cataclysmic incursions of nature into human society. Yet the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) is anything but a “natural” phenomenon. Epidemics and pandemics happen in a social, political and economic context, which interweaves with processes such as the mutation of viruses, their passage from one host to another and their impact on living organisms. The nature of the Covid-19 pandemic cannot therefore be grasped without considering capitalism in its current configuration. Joseph Choonara will explore how pandemics enmesh with the logic of capital and offers some potential responses from the left.