The world isn’t doing enough to prepare for the next pandemic.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says this in a new report released today. In the report, the organization issued a defiant call to nations to invest in health systems over the long term and called for an effort to reduce resource inequalities between high- and low-income nations.
“It seems obvious that in a globalized world, where people and goods are constantly moving across borders, it is not enough that wealthy countries are the only ones with the equipment and resources to sequence viruses,” the report states.
The report says the tools to end the pandemic are similar to the fight against other infectious diseases, such as malaria and polio: “the use of widespread testing and, when possible, rapid and effective treatment and life-saving immunization.”