Around the World in 36 Hours

The next pandemic is not a question of if, but when—and the world is woefully unprepared, according to the first annual report from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.

The WHO and the World Bank convened the independent group after the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Global News reports.

Within 36 hours, a contagion like the 1918 flu could sweep the globe and take 50 to 80 million lives while wreaking havoc on the global economy, the report warns. And that’s just one possibility. 

What would it take to get prepared? An investment of $1-$2 per person per year could create “acceptable” level of preparedness.
 
The key takeaway: Don’t lose sight of the risk.
 
“We can’t just show up once a health crisis hits. We need to be there before, during and after,” warns Elhadj As Sy of the International Federation of Red Cross, The Telegraph reports.


 

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