According to the Red Cross, the world is still not adequately prepared for possible future pandemics, even three years after the coronavirus outbreak. “A next pandemic could be imminent,” International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Secretary General Jagan Chapagain warned in Geneva on Monday.
According to recent figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 6.8 million people have died in connection with Covid-19. The Red Cross pointed out in its global disaster report that the pandemic has caused the largest spike in deaths since World War II.
The number of disease outbreaks is on the rise
The number of annual disease outbreaks tripled between the early 1980s and the late 2000s, according to the report. It said that this has to do with rising population densities, increasing air traffic and human settlements moving closer to natural habitats.
To be prepared for future pandemics, public confidence in vaccinations and health interventions must be built, Chapagain urged. He said that fair global distribution of vaccines and medicine and local health interventions at the community level is equally important.
Besides Corona, the Red Cross counted 433 disasters in 2020, with about 15,400 deaths and 529 disasters in 2021, with 14,600 deaths. More than 300 events were related to climate and weather in both years, it said.
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