The $5 Pandemic Prevention

The World Harmony Peace statue wears a surgical face mask. Cardiff Bay, United Kingdom, July 17, 2020. Image: Matthew Horwood/Getty
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The World Harmony Peace statue wears a surgical face mask. Cardiff Bay, United Kingdom, July 17, 2020. Image: Matthew Horwood/Getty

Just ~$5 per person could be enough to prevent the next catastrophic pandemic, says Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former WHO director-general.

If the nearly $40 billion price tag sounds steep, consider COVID-19’s $11 trillion cost, says Brundtland, who co-chairs the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board watchdog group that warned last year of a world at risk and “grossly unprepared for the threat of a global health crisis” like a lethal respiratory pathogen.  
 
Now, GPMB’s newly published second report, World in Disorder, warns another pandemic is “sure to come.” It says global health security cannot continue to be funded by development assistance and calls for a UN summit  to create a new framework.

The Quote: “We have created a world where a shock anywhere can become a catastrophe everywhere, while growing nationalism and populism undermine our shared peace, prosperity and security,” reads the report’s foreword.

The Guardian
 

UNGA Urges Action


The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on tackling COVID-19 Friday—despite objections by the US and Israel, which united to protest a last-minute Cuban amendment urging countries to oppose any unilateral sanctions, The Washington Post reports.
 
The nonbinding resolution—the body’s third related to COVID—calls for “intensified international cooperation and solidarity to contain, mitigate and overcome the pandemic and its consequences,” It also urges countries to adopt a “climate- and environment-responsive approach” in pandemic recovery efforts.
 
Tomorrow, the UN General Assembly officially kicks off its 75th session—the first to be held virtually, reports Galus Australis.

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