World Health Organization to Set up Pandemic Early Warning Center in Germany

The World Health Organization (WHO) will build a “warning center” in Germany to monitor emerging pandemic threats, hoping to prevent the next one as the virus is moving fast, WHO chief said.

“Viruses move fast. But data can move even faster,” the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

WHO said that the Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence will start to roll in Berlin in September. It will analyze data to predict, prevent, detect, prepare for, and respond to risks worldwide.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the global systems for pandemic and epidemic intelligence,” Ghebreyesus told journalists.

He further said that there will be more viruses that will emerge with the “potential for sparking epidemics or pandemics.”

“With the right information, countries, and communities can stay one step ahead of an emerging risk and save lives,” he added.

German Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn meanwhile noted that the WHO Hub would act as a “global early warning surveillance system.”

Germany will fund $36 million for the startup costs, but the ongoing budget was still under discussion.

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