The novel coronavirus has had a devastating affect across the globe, however the World Well being Group warned Monday that worse pandemics might lie forward, urging the world to get “severe” about preparedness.
“This can be a wakeup name,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan advised reporters at a briefing marking a yr for the reason that UN company first realized of the brand new virus spreading in China.
Since then, Covid-19 has killed almost 1.8 million folks all over the world, out of over 80 million contaminated.
“This pandemic has been very extreme,” Ryan acknowledged.
“It has unfold all over the world extraordinarily shortly and it has affected each nook of this planet, however this isn’t essentially the large one.”
He pressured that whereas the virus is “very transmissible, and it kills folks… its present case fatality (fee) within reason low compared to different rising illnesses.”
“We have to prepare for one thing that will even be extra extreme sooner or later.”
WHO senior advisor Bruce Aylward additionally cautioned that whereas the world had made enormous scientific progress to deal with the coronavirus disaster, together with creating vaccines at report velocity, it remained removed from ready to beat back future pandemics.
“We’re into second and third waves of this virus and we’re nonetheless not ready to take care of and handle these,” he advised the briefing.
“So whereas we’re higher ready… we aren’t totally ready for this one, not to mention the subsequent one.”
– ‘Extra ambition’ –
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the meantime voiced hope that the Covid-19 pandemic had helped the world grow to be extra ready to deal with future threats.
“When it comes to consciousness, I feel we at the moment are getting it,” he mentioned.
However he pressured that it was “time now to be actually severe.”
“Extra ambition will likely be vital.”
However Tedros additionally hailed how scientists all over the world had been working intently collectively to assist convey the pandemic to an finish.
He particularly talked about the 2 new strains of the virus which have emerged in Britain and South Africa, which seem like extra infectious that earlier strains.
“We’re working with scientists within the UK and South Africa who’re finishing up epidemiologic and laboratory research, which can information subsequent steps,” he mentioned.
He hailed the 2 international locations for testing and monitoring the brand new variants.
And with greater than 50 international locations now imposing journey restrictions on Britain, he additionally warned in opposition to taking punishing measures in opposition to international locations that transparently share such outcomes.
“Provided that international locations are trying and testing successfully will you have the ability to decide up variants and regulate methods to manage,” he mentioned.
“We should be sure that international locations are usually not punished for transparently sharing new scientific findings.”
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