World must be better prepared for next pandemic: WHO

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The WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing a news briefing in Geneva on Monday.

The World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Monday urged the world to prepare better for the next pandemic. He called on countries to invest in public health.

He said the novel coronavirus has infected more than 27.19 million people globally, and killed 888,326, according to a Reuters’ tally, since the first case identified in China in December 2019.

“This will not be the last pandemic,” Tedros told a news 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.”

WHO Health Emergencies head said governments that provide “politically motivated” information about the coronavirus pandemic could face a political backlash.

Dr Michael Ryan said “trying to present oversimplified, simplistic solutions for people is not a long-term strategy that wins”. He told reporters in Geneva that “transparency, consistency, honesty” and admitting errors can build trust.

Ryan went on to say coronavirus-related messages sometimes come with “political overtones”. But, he alluded to a saying that “trust takes years to build but seconds to lose.”

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