World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are “doomed” without tackling climate change and animal welfare,
“History tells us that this will not be the last pandemic, and epidemics are a fact of life,” said Dr Tedros. “The pandemic has highlighted the intimate links between the health of humans, animals and planet,” he added.
“Any efforts to improve human health are doomed unless they address the critical interface between humans and animals, and the existential threat of climate change that’s making our earth less habitable,” he said.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also condemned the “dangerously short-sighted” cycle of using money to control outbreaks but are not doing anything to prepare for the next one.
In a video message marking Sunday’s first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, he stressed that people must learn the lessons from the coronavirus pandemic.
“For too long, the world has operated on a cycle of panic and neglect,” he said.
“We throw money at an outbreak, and when it’s over, we forget about it and do nothing to prevent the next one. This is dangerously short-sighted, and frankly difficult to understand,” he added.
Adding that “In the past 12 months, our world has been turned upside-down. The impacts of the pandemic go far beyond the disease itself, with far-reaching consequences for societies and economies.”
The WHO chief said the coronavirus crisis should not have come as a surprise, given the repeated warnings.
“We must all learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us,” he said.