The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic, as he urged countries to invest in public health.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that public health was “the foundation of social, economic and political stability”.
Without robust health systems, countries cannot respond effectively to outbreaks of infectious diseases, Dr Tedros said.
“This will not be the last pandemic,” Dr Tedros said at a briefing in Geneva. “History teaches us that outbreaks and pandemics are a fact of life. But when the next pandemic comes, the world must be ready – more ready than it was this time.”
To date, more than 27 million people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus globally and almost 900,000 have died, a tally by Johns Hopkins University says.