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WHO urged to prepare for new pandemics

Coronavirus pandemic will not be the last, so next time you need to be ready, said the organization.

The head of the WHO, Tedros Hebrejesus, said that the Coronavirus pandemic is not the last one and it is necessary to prepare for a new one in advance. He said about it at the briefing in Geneva on Monday, September 7.

“This is not the last pandemic. History teaches us that outbreaks of disease and pandemics are essentially part of life,” Gebraeus said.

“When the next pandemic comes, the world has to be prepared [for it] more than it was this time,” he added.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus “teaches many lessons,” the WHO chapter continued.

“One of them is that health is not a luxury for those who can afford it, it is a necessity and a human right,” Gebrejesus emphasized, adding that the health system is “the foundation of social, economic and political stability.

In this regard, Gebrejesus called for investment in “prevention, detection [of diseases] and response”, as well as “investment in public health, and especially in primary health care”.

For example, the head of the WHO cited Thailand's efforts to develop health care, as well as the “difficult decisions” made by Italy, which allowed “taking COVID-19 under control.

Previously, the WHO said that the abolition of quarantine threatens disaster. Governments of countries wishing to open borders and stop restraining the spread of coronavirus should wait for unpleasant consequences, warned the head of the WHO.

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