WHO says world must be better prepared for next pandemic after coronavirus

The world must be better prepared for the next pandemic after the novel coronavirus, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

Speaking at his regular press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said to be ready for the next pandemic, countries must invest in public health.

“There are many examples of countries that have done exactly that. Many of these countries have done well because they learned lessons from previous outbreaks of SARS, MERS, measles, polio, Ebola, flu and other diseases,” he said.  

The WHO boss also announced that on Tuesday, the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) will begin its work to evaluate the functioning of the IHR during the coronavirus pandemic so far, and recommend any changes it believes are necessary.

The names of members of the committee were published on WHO’s website on Sunday. 

With the first International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies taking place on Tuesday, Dr. Tedros said despite the negative impacts of coronavirus, one of the benefits has been a significant drop in air pollution. 

“The pandemic – and the measures taken in many countries to contain it – have taken a heavy toll on lives, livelihoods and economies. But there have also been some unexpected benefits. In many places, we have seen a significant drop in air pollution,” he said.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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