To the global health community, COVID-19 was no surprise. Devex has been warning that pandemics are a growing risk and that the world is only as strong as its weakest health system. In 2017 Devex published a report where 40 experts, Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci among them, said the number one global health security risk was a flu-like infection.
So today, exactly one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, what’s the lesson?
The world has learned global health matters to everyone. At long last, human health isn’t just a local or national issue. Like climate change, it’s truly global.
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That realization has implications. To advance global health requires certain things: strong, effective international organizations, for one; sustainable funding, for another. We also need innovation, better delivery, and new models.
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