Tedros’s Nightmare

What worries WHO Director General Tedros more than anything else? The flu.

A global pandemic is “not a matter of if but when,” says Tedros. An outbreak like the one that occurred 100 years ago could have a much broader impact with globalization. 

Tedros called on countries to stop “investing in panic” once outbreaks are already underway and focus on preparedness and disaster surveillance. Other recommendations include: 

  • Sharing preparedness responsibilities between health services, finance ministers, and parliamentarians
  • Richer countries helping less fortunate countries more
  • Not politicizing outbreaks

“Do we know this could be a more serious problem than a terrorist attack?” Tedros warns. 

The Telegraph

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