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World must prepare for disease more deadlier than Covid, WHO chief warns

The head of the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday that governments need to prepare for a disease even deadlier than Covid-19.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO, told its annual health assembly in Geneva that it was time to advance negotiations on preventing the next pandemic.

He warned that nation states cannot “kick this can down the road” and that the next global disease was bound to “come knocking”.

Dr Tedros said: “If we do not make the changes that must be made, then who will? And if we do not make them now, then when?”

He added: “The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains. And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains.”

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Source: The Independent, 24 May 2023


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