The world must be prepared for the next pandemic, alerts WHO chief

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus directed the countries to invest more in public health and stay prepared for the next pandemic, better than they were for COVID-19.

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According to Reuters, the coronavirus has infected 27.19 million people across the world, out of which 888,326 have succumbed to it so far. The first cases were identified in December 2019 in China, and ever since then, the whole world has been adopting several measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This has also made several loopholes in the public healthcare sector of all the countries very evident globally.

The concern of the WHO chief

The WHO chief Ghebreyesus addressed the news briefing in Geneva on Monday and talked about the current global situation of the coronavirus pandemic. “This will not be the last pandemic,” Tedros said. He also added, “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.”

While the WHO chief addressed the world from Geneva, India registered a daily record of 90,802 cases on Monday. The total number of cases in India is over 4.2 million right now, and it has overtaken Brazil to become the second hardest-hit country. America is still leading the global charts of coronavirus with fewer cases in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and California. More than 200 UN staff have also tested positive while trying to contain the spread of coronavirus in war-torn Syria. The United Arab Emirates has also recorded its biggest daily jump since late May with 883 new coronavirus cases. Amidst this situation, Paris Art Fair is still beginning the four-day show for the public. The Czech Republic is also seeing a slow increase in the cases as the single-day hike crosses the 1000-mark for the first time.

Vaccine halted

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been a reassurance to everyone suffering from the fear of the virus. However, action has been put on hold after a volunteer in the United Kingdom experienced some side-effects. The human trial of this drug has been paused in the last stage after the candidate developed a potentially unexplained illness. This pause will give the researchers enough time to study the drug’s components and review the safety data before resuming human trials.



Conclusion 

  • Like the directive of the WHO chief, more investment is required in the public healthcare sector, especially in a third-world country like India.
  • While the vaccine status remains uncertain, people should stick to herbal tonics that help improve immunity.
  • The countries should not rest, considering that there will not be any pandemic in the foreseeable future. They must take other measures like ensuring hygiene, educating the masses about health security, and devising public welfare schemes.
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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus directed the countries to invest more in public health and stay prepared for the next pandemic, better than they were for COVID-19.
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