David Williams – February 3, 2018
How prepared is the world to take on another pandemic? Not very, according to two of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. Speaking at the recently concluded World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Dr. Sylvie Briand, a specialist in infectious diseases from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Elhadj As Sy, the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, each shared their thoughts on the matter of the world’s preparedness for the next pandemic.
According to the two experts, the world should stop looking at pandemics as sort of isolated incidents and instead start recognizing them as the population-wiping abominations that they truly are. As Elhadj As Sy stated to the AFP, “Pandemics are becoming a real threat to humanity.” And Dr. Brand agrees, adding: “We know that it is coming, but we have no way of stopping it.” They spoke at Davos in a discussion titled, “Are We Ready For The Next Pandemic?”
Evidently, the answer to their question there is a resounding no.