The next pandemic to follow on from Coronavirus will be much "deadlier", the World Health Organisation has warned in a chilling update.
With worries over the threat of "new surges of disease" on the minds of WHO experts, representatives for the health board are saying countries must prepare for the worst.
They say a bit of forward planning will make a difference for the next mega virus or pandemic, and it would be wise for countries not to "kick this can down the road".
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Instead, WHO is urging the world to start preparing for pandemic problems further down the line as the next one could be "even deadlier" than Coronavirus.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains.
"And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains. When the next pandemic comes knocking — and it will — we must be ready to answer decisively, collectively and equitably."
Urging member states of WHO to start planning for another pandemic, the doctor added: "We cannot kick this can down the road.
"If we do not make the changes that must be made, then who will? And if we do not make them now, then when?"
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Although Dr Tedros had stern words for world organisations, he did praise the recent decisions by the organisation to draft a pandemic plan treaty, news.com.au reported.
It means budgetary improvements are on the horizon for WHO, which managed to commit to budget and finance reforms that have since prompted Dr Tedros to call for new pandemic awareness outlines.
He hopes these new drafts will mean the world "will never again have to face the devastation of a pandemic like COVID-19".
Pranab Chatterjee of the Department of International Health echoed Dr Tedros' future pandemic warnings, adding: "It is not an exaggeration to say that there is potential of a Disease X event just around the corner."
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