Pandemic severe, but ‘not necessarily the big one’: WHO

 

 

GENEVA, Switzerland – The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a devastating impact around the globe, but the World Health Organization warned Monday that worse pandemics could lie ahead, urging the world to get “serious” about preparedness.

“This is a wakeup call,” WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan told reporters at a briefing marking a year since the UN agency first learned of the new virus spreading in China.

Since then, COVID-19 has killed nearly 1.8 million people around the world, out of over 80 million infected.

“This pandemic has been very severe,” Ryan acknowledged.

“It has spread around the world extremely quickly and it has affected …

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