Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), told the World Health Assembly forum in Geneva on Tuesday that the possibility of another deadly pathogen emerging with even more catastrophic potential than the coronavirus cannot be ruled out in the future.
Tedros said, “The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains. And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains.”
Furthermore, in the face of overlapping and converging crises, “pandemics are far from the only threat we face,” he added. “When the next pandemic comes knocking – and it will – we must be ready to answer decisively, collectively, and equitably.”
Tedros further urged countries to “pick up the pace of progress” on the Triple Billion and health-related SDG targets. He called for urgent and constructive negotiations on the new global pandemic accord and the International Health Regulations (IHR), the treaty that governs preparedness and response to health emergencies, “so the world will never again have to face the devastation of a pandemic like COVID-19.”
Of course, the majority of that devastation was caused by politicians and global entities like WHO exploiting COVID for power and profit.