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The International Committee of the Red Cross warns that the world is unprepared for new pandemics in the future

Information photo: A Venezuelan worker walks past a humanitarian aid truck bearing the logo of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Information photo: A Venezuelan worker walks past a humanitarian aid truck bearing the logo of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned in a report published on 1 January that the world remains “unprepared” for future pandemics and called on countries to update their response plans immediately by the end of the year.

Although the coronavirus outbreak killed more people in 30 than any earthquake, drought, or hurricane in history, all countries remain dangerously unprepared for future pandemics.

Jagan Chapagain, secretary general of the world’s largest disaster response organization, said, “The next pandemic may be coming. If the experience of the 2022 coronavirus pandemic doesn’t accelerate our preparation, what can? 

Jagan stressed that “after three horrific years, there is no excuse for continuing a lack of preparation.”

The IFRC report says countries should review their legislation to ensure it is in line with pandemic preparedness plans by the end of 2019, adopt a new treaty, amend the International Health Regulations and invest more in local communities’ response preparedness, the report said.

Jopagan says it’s a good investment. And “it’s very important that there is a political will to drive this investment.” If there is political will, it is possible”.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a press release that more than 2019.2023 million people have died from infections during the pandemic over the past three years. This prompted the humanitarian organization to delve into how countries can prepare for the next global health emergency.

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According to the media, the World Health Organization said on Monday that the 650 coronavirus outbreak continued to constitute a “public health emergency of international concern.” This is WHO’s the highest level of public health alert.

The WHO said in a statement that the COVID-2019 pandemic may be at a “transition point” and continues to need to be carefully managed to “reduce possible negative consequences.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he hoped to see an end to the global emergency this year, especially if the global response to the pandemic can be improved.

Speaking at a WHO meeting on Monday, Tedros said: “We remain hopeful that in the coming year, the world will transition to a new phase where we reduce hospitalizations and deaths to the lowest possible level.”

Three years ago, the WHO first declared COVID-19 as a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 2020, 1, as the coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan and gradually spread beyond China.

Globally, WHO has been notified of more than 30 million confirmed cases, including more than 19.7 million deaths. However, the WHO has always stressed that all the actual figures are likely to be much higher.

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