October 16, 2021

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WHO director says new pandemic is 'a matter of time' |  the health

WHO director says new pandemic is ‘a matter of time’ | the health

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Mariangela Simao, Deputy Director of the World Health Organization (WHO)

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In the world the question is no longer ‘if’ but ‘when’. This is the opinion of the Brazilian Mariangela Simao, Deputy Director of the World Health Organization.

In an interview with the Italian network RFI, she stated that a new phenomenon is inevitable. For this, the organization is considering the creation of a “treaty”, which will establish guidelines to define the role of the World Health Organization in emergencies, and so that each organization, governments and private sector entities know what their roles are.

The decision, according to Maringella, “creates a series of formalities that countries and the private sector will have to take in the event of an emergency such as a global pandemic.”

“There will be a pandemic after that,” he said. “This is something we already know that is inevitable. It is a question of when it will happen.”

“This pandemic, after the Spanish flu, has been the most impactful and it is also a note: I think the world needs to wake up because we see that it was not only developing countries that were affected. It affected the whole world, and no one was prepared,” she mused.

The “treaty” will be discussed at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly, scheduled for November. Major WHO concerns, covid-19 variants and worldwide distribution of vaccines are also on the agenda.

“I think there are two things, one aspect related to this particular coronavirus, which is Sars-Cov-2, and the variants, some variants of concern, like delta status, which are in 188 countries,” he says.

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So worry and commitment [da OMS] Increasing vaccine coverage is global, but in all countries and not just a few, to prevent the emergence of new worrisome variants,” Simao says.