WHO Chief Warns: Global Community Must Prepare for a Deadlier Disease Than COVID

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Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Head of WHO, Urges Global Preparation for a Future Pandemic Deadlier Than COVID.

World Health Organization Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Photo: Reuters)

According to a report from The Independent, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), has emphasized the need for global preparedness in the face of a potentially more lethal virus than COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of at least 20 million people.

The WHO recently declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer categorized as a health emergency. Speaking at the annual health assembly in Geneva, Dr. Tedros urged the advancement of discussions and efforts to prevent future pandemics.

Despite this declaration, during a meeting of the World Health Assembly in Switzerland, the WHO Chief cautioned that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, sounding an alarm about its ongoing impact.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has highlighted the persistent threat of new variants and the potential emergence of a more lethal pathogen, emphasizing that the world cannot afford to delay preparations. He warned that nations cannot postpone the inevitable arrival of the next global disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified nine priority diseases, as reported by the Daily Mail, which pose significant risks to public health. These diseases were identified based on factors such as the absence of effective treatments and their potential to trigger pandemics.

Dr. Tedros’ statements underline the urgent need for proactive measures to address these risks and enhance global preparedness.


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized that the world was caught off guard and ill-prepared for the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, which he described as the most severe health crisis in a century.

As reported by The Mirror, he highlighted the devastating impact of the virus, with nearly seven million reported deaths and an estimated toll of at least 20 million lives lost.

Dr. Tedros stressed the need for immediate action and questioned who would take responsibility, if necessary, changes were not made promptly. He called for decisive, collective, and equitable responses when the next pandemic inevitably arises. Recognizing the significance of the current generation’s experience with the havoc caused by a small virus, Dr. Tedros stressed the importance of their commitment to a pandemic accord.

The World Health Organization’s declaration followed China’s recent experience of a significant surge in infections after lifting its long-standing zero-Covid policy restrictions, serving as a reminder of the ongoing threat posed by the virus.

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