THE WORLD WASN’T READY FOR COVID-19 AND ISN’T READY FOR THE NEXT BIG ONE.
The pandemic revealed critical gaps in epidemic preparedness across low-, middle- and high-income countries, resulting in devastating social, economic and health impacts.
TO SAVE LIVES
A country’s sustained investment in and prioritization of preparedness for disease threats and readiness to act when outbreaks strike can fundamentally alter the trajectory of an epidemic and determine the number of lives, jobs and dollars saved. By one estimate, it would take just $124 billion over five years to make the world better prepared for epidemics—much less than the trillions that COVID-19 has cost us. All countries have an opportunity to improve their preparedness and response.
CORE SYSTEMS FOR PREPAREDNESS
The seven core systems for preparedness are the key technical areas we focus on to strengthen health systems so they can handle disease outbreaks. Governments must invest in and prioritize these areas to build stronger health security and prevent the next epidemic.