World must be better prepared for next pandemic, says WHO boss

09 Septembre, 2020, 19:27 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • WHO wont endorse COVID19 vaccine unless it is effective and safe says Tedros Ghebreyesus

M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke on the telephone today to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Ethiopian biologist and public health researcher went on to explain that there have been pandemics in the past other than COVID-19 and said that this would not be the last one either. Pandemics are a fact of life.

The World Health Organisation says further outbreaks and entirely new pandemics are going to be a fact of life in the coming years.

The WHO chief noted that despite considerable advances in technologies, "too many" countries have neglected their public health systems, which are essential for responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Tedros said all countries need to "build back better", with more investment in public health.

Pakistan deployed the infrastructure built up over many years for polio to combat Covid-19, he said. During the Session, some countries will be felicitated for the recent public health achievements. That means investing in population-based services for preventing, detecting and responding to disease, he said.

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The announcement comes as the number of global coronavirus cases has topped 27.2 million, while the deaths have increased to over 891,000. This will be discussed at a Ministerial Round Table with Member countries sharing experiences and lessons learnt. The International Health Regulation is the most important legal instrument in global health security. Public health is the foundation of social, economic and political stability.

The Review Committee, which comprises independent experts, will evaluate the functioning of the International Health Regulations (IHR) and advise whether any changes are necessary.

The panel may present interim findings, if they choose, at the World Health Assembly in November and will present their final report at the May 2021 World Health Assembly.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working closely with several pharmaceutical firms to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.

Ultimately, we are not just fighting a virus.

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