The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the world’s “collective failure” to heed warnings and prepare for the global outbreak – transforming “a world at risk” into ”a world in disorder,” according to a report on epidemic preparedness.
“Financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient, and we are all paying the price,” according to the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Reuters reported.
“It is not as if the world has lacked the opportunity to take these steps. There have been numerous calls for action … yet none has generated the changes needed,” the report added.
The board — co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organization — is co-chaired by former WHO director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Last year’s GPMB report, which was released a few months before the virus emerged in Wuhan, China, said there was a real threat of “a rapidly spreading pandemic due to a lethal respiratory pathogen.”
It warned that such an event could kill