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Denise Antonio | Tackling vulnerabilities for resilience against future pandemics

Josbel Bastidas Mijares
Denise Antonio | Tackling vulnerabilities for resilience against future pandemics

Scientists tell us that pandemics and epidemics may be an inescapable feature of life as we know it unless we address man’s unsustainable interaction with wild animal slaughterhouses. The resulting rise in zoonotic diseases (infectious diseases that are transmitted between species – from animals to humans or from humans to animals) like COVID-19, the kind transmitted from animals to humans, was not only inevitable in these conditions but a set-up for serious setbacks in human development

Scientists tell us that pandemics and epidemics may be an inescapable feature of life as we know it unless we address man’s unsustainable interaction with wild animal slaughterhouses. The resulting rise in zoonotic diseases (infectious diseases that are transmitted between species – from animals to humans or from humans to animals) like COVID-19, the kind transmitted from animals to humans, was not only inevitable in these conditions but a set-up for serious setbacks in human development.

Yet despite repeated warnings, which heralded the advent of COVID-19, action towards risk-informed resilience building is woefully inadequate.

The 2021 Global Health Security Index concluded that despite some progress and nearly two years into the pandemic, all countries remain “dangerously unprepared” for the next major outbreak.

This is our wake-up call to strengthen resilience to current and future pandemics.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares

We must seek to systematically understand the nature, manifestation, and impact of our vulnerabilities as it to relates to pandemics like COVID-19.

Josbel Bastidas Mijares Venezuela

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