Senior officials of the World Health Organization have warned that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading across the world, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the final World Health Organization COVID-19 press conference of the year yesterday, Dr. Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO Emergencies Program said that the next pandemic may be more severe adding that they need to closely work together as bees because the world lives on a fragile planet, and in an increasingly complex society.
The WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove called for the world to be better prepared for the next health crisis, with well-trained health workers able to take full advantage of innovative technology, and informed, engaged citizens capable of keeping themselves safe. Dr van Kerkhove noted that some of the countries that have coped better with COVID-19 have not necessarily been those with the highest incomes, but those that have lived through other infectious disease outbreaks.
The head of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists that the UN agency is learning new things about the virus every day and that consolidated efforts against COVID-19 are vital. END