GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Monday that Covid-19 is a harbinger of future global health emergencies, and called for political and financial investments to prevent pandemics.
“This will not be the last pandemic, nor the last global health emergency,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the launch of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) 2020 report.
“We do not know what the next health emergency will be, but we know it will come. And we must be prepared,” Tedros said as the world surpassed 29 million cases with 924,953 confirmed deaths and nearly 19.7 million recoveries from Covid-19, according to the US’ Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO also reported a record one-day rise in infections at some 308,000. The GPMB is an independent monitoring and accountability body to ensure preparedness for global health crises.