Here's how we prevent the next, inevitable pandemic

We don’t know when or where it will begin to appear, nor if it will be a COVID-19 变种 or a new pathogen altogether. But we do know that preventing the next pandemic urgently requires partnerships at local, 国民, regional, and international levels so we can detect early outbreaks and share the signals. Lives are at stake.

As COVID-19 continues to take its global toll, countries around the world have made pandemic preparedness a priority investment, focusing on three areas: 1) scaled production of vaccines and tests; 2) improved national and regional surveillance to catch disease outbreaks early; 和 3) strengthened pandemic response mechanisms.

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These investments are needed and welcome. But to effectively bolster our shared ability to detect and respond to public health threats, they mustn’t become siloed or lead to duplicative efforts.

Proactively and collaboratively building bridges across the globe is a task at once critical and complex. To succeed, we need shared commitments to value of equity, 透明度, and fairness, as well as trust forged by truly listening to one another.

Many experts expect most emerging pathogens to be zoonotic in origin due to population growth, human and animal migration patterns, changing land use, food production practices, and climate change.

文件 - 在这个三月 2, 2021, 档案照片, pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, 缅因州. 美国. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, 八月. 23, 2021.

文件 – 在这个三月 2, 2021, 档案照片, pharmacy technician Hollie Maloney loads a syringe with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Portland Expo in Portland, 缅因州. 美国. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, 八月. 23, 2021. ((AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, 文件))

The good news is that technology and data science are advancing at a rate that allows us, at least in some places, to track these threats, extract insights from data, and inform decision-making and response.

Proactively and collaboratively building bridges across the globe is a task at once critical and complex. To succeed, we need shared commitments to value of equity, 透明度, and fairness, as well as trust forged by truly listening to one another.

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