World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attended a news conference amid the COVID-19 outbreak at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland? It was the occasion for him to war countries around the world to brace themselves and create preventive measures as COVID-19 is not the last pandemic that will hit nations around the globe.
The DG of WHO ask Countries to invest in the Health Sector
He stated that there will be more pandemics in the future during a video shared on the 27th of December 2020, the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness. In his opinion, the world failed to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, in the future, countries should invest in public health and learn how to work to prevent, mitigate, and detect all kinds of emergencies, whether they are occurring epidemics or deliberate events.
Tedros went further by stating that history hints that this will not be the last pandemic and sadly epidemics are a fact of life. Investment in an "all of government, all of society, one health approach" could aid countries in successfully reacting to global crises in the future. He further stated that in 2019, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board released its first report which concluded that the world remains dangerously unprepared for a pandemic.
The current disturbing global statistics
Nearly 1.8 million people across the globe are estimated to have died from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. More than 80 million people have tested positive for the virus. According to John Hopkins in the United States alone, over 332,000 people have died from the virus, while more than 19 million people have tested positive.
In recent times, COVID-19 vaccines are currently being given to health care workers, and it is expected that in 2021 they will be made available to the public. The Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the video admonished that if countries 'fail to prepare then they prepare to fail.'