The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has warned this Monday that COVID-19 “will not be the last pandemic” that the world will have to face and has asked to start working “from now” on preparing for new infectious outbreaks.
In his message for the International Day of Preparedness for Epidemics, which is celebrated this Monday, Guterres has warned that “infectious diseases continue to be a danger that threatens all countries.”
“Any outbreak, wherever it arises, can turn into a pandemic,” added Guterres, who has emphasized the need to “increase investments to improve surveillance, early detection and rapid response plans in all countries, especially of the most vulnerable “.
In addition, the UN Secretary General has urged “to strengthen local primary health care systems to prevent them from collapsing” and to ensure that all people have access to vaccines “under equitable conditions” and to achieve universal health coverage.
“Above all, we must promote global solidarity so that all countries are in a position to stop the spread of diseases, infections as soon as an outbreak is detected,” he said.
COVID-19 causes an estimated 50,000 deaths a week almost two years after the start of the pandemic. Until the end of December it has caused more than 276 million infections and 5.3 million deaths.