COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic

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The coronavirus crisis will not be the last pandemic, and attempts to improve human health are “doomed” without tackling climate change and animal welfare, the World Health Organization’s chief said.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also condemned the “dangerously short-sighted” cycle of throwing cash at outbreaks but doing nothing to prepare for the next one, in a video message marking Sunday’s first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness.

The WHO director-general said it was time to learn the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For too long, the world has operated on a cycle of panic and neglect,” he said.

“We throw money at an outbreak, and when it’s over, we forget about it and do nothing to prevent the next one. This is dangerously short-sighted, and frankly difficult to understand.”

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board’s September 2019 first annual report on world readiness for health emergencies — published a few months before the novel coronavirus broke out — said the planet was woefully unprepared for potentially devastating pandemics.

“History tells us that this will not be the last pandemic, and epidemics are a fact of life,” said Tedros.

“The pandemic has highlighted the intimate links between the health of humans, animals and planet,” he added.

“Any efforts to improve human health are doomed unless they address the critical interface between humans and animals, and the existential threat of climate change that’s making our earth less habitable,” he said.

World ‘turned upside-down’

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 1.75 million people and nearly 80 million cases have been recorded since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

“In the past 12 months, our world has been turned upside-down. The impacts of the pandemic go far beyond the disease itself, with far-reaching consequences for societies and economies,” said Tedros.

But the Ethiopian former health minister said the coronavirus crisis should not have come as a surprise, given the repeated warnings.

“We must all learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us,” he said.

Tedros said all countries should invest in preparedness capacities to prevent, detect and mitigate emergencies of all kinds, and called for stronger primary health care provision.

The UN health agency’s chief said that with investments in public health, “we can ensure that our children and their children inherit a safer, more resilient and more sustainable world”.

The International Day of Epidemic Preparedness was called for by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the importance of prevention, preparedness and partnership in tackling epidemics.

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  2. A few videos were shown here on the Antigan News Room that presented opposing viewpoints to the governments public narrative. Since then, public access to these internet streaming companies are no longer reachable from Antigua. Check it out for yourself: bitchute[dot]com / rumble[dot]com

    You need to ask yourself… who has the power and motivation to do this?
    The only sensible answer is, some high ranking government official.
    Why would they want to do this?
    Obviously, they don’t like their authoritarian dictates being challenged.
    This tyrannical censorship amounts to a criminal conspiracy to violate our constitutionally protected rights to freedom of speech.

    They couldn’t have done this without other people knowing about it or helping them. So, I’m calling on responsible patriotic Antiguans to step forward and ‘blow the whistle’ on them. This is a serious betrayal of their oath of office and of the public trust. Expose their evil deeds to the light of day and let the truth be known!

  3. UPDATE:
    One day after the letter (above) was posted, Antigua can once again connect to those internet streaming services mentioned. My only comment about this result is: THE PEOPLE WON!
    For whatever reason, someone obviously came to their senses and did the right thing.

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