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Pandemic prevention: avoiding another cycle of ‘panic and neglect’

October 7, 2021

Agreement is needed at international level on mechanisms to ensure better preparedness for the next pandemic.
COVID-19 proved a surprise for most of the world despite a trend of increasingly frequent pathogen outbreaks in the last 40 years. Scientists warn the trend will continue. But pandemic crises typically suffer from a ‘panic-and-neglect’ cycle, in which global measures to prevent and prepare for future pandemics remain chronically deficient. Will COVID-19 be any different?
It should be because the scale and severity of this pandemic are of a different order of magnitude to any outbreak in the past 40 years. There is some momentum for more multilateralism in global health security: the topic is on the agenda of key international forums, but without any sign yet of strong commitments

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