World 'dangerously unprepared for the next pandemic'

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings

Pandemic preparedness panel slams collective failure to heed warnings

"It is not as if the world has lacked the opportunity to take these steps", it said. The Board called for urgent action to break the cycle of panic and neglect that has characterized the response to global health crises in the past.

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide grew by 307,000 on Sunday - the highest single-day increase since the pandemic began, the World Health Organization said, according to USA Today - a new report released Monday showed that it didn't have to be this way.

"We do not know what the next global health emergency will be, but we know it will come, and we must be prepared".

A collective failure by political leaders to heed warnings and prepare for an infectious disease pandemic has transformed "a world at risk" to a "world in disorder," according to a report on global epidemic preparedness. This year, having been proved correct, the board has called for stronger multinational cooperation and a United Nations summit on global health security.

Financial and political investments in preparedness for an infectious disease pandemic have been insufficient and all countries are "paying the price", The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) has said.

The first GPMB Report issued last September had warned of the threat of a respiratory pathogen that could kill millions and wipe out 5 per cent of the world's economy, creating widespread havoc, instability and insecurity.

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The GPMB, co-convened by the World Bank and the WHO, is chaired by former WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland, who now also chairs an independent watchdog that monitors the WHO.

"We must take heed of the consequences of not having robust and sustainably financed global preparedness plans - both to end this pandemic and to be better equipped to deal with inevitable future crises", said Dr Farrar.

Leadership by the G7, G20 and multilateral organisations has been hampered by geopolitical tensions.

This year's report - titled "A World in Disorder" - said world leaders had never before "been so clearly forewarned of the dangers of a devastating pandemic", and yet they had failed to take adequate action. The board called on leaders to renew their commitment to the multilateral system and strengthen World Health Organization as an impartial and independent organisation. "The only way out of this devastating pandemic is along the path of collective action, which demands a strong and effective multilateral system".

Tedros' speech came as the world surpassed 29 million cases with 924,953 confirmed deaths and almost 19.7 million recoveries from COVID-19, according to the US' Johns Hopkins University.

Current WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed, telling the virtual event that "spending on health and preparedness is not charity". "This needs more than warm words of solidarity", he said. "The world throws money at an outbreak, then does little to prevent the next one". "It's as if we wait for the plane to crash, then call for more safety inspections. It is an investment in our future".

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