After Boris Johnson met with the Director General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, and Director of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar yesterday (20th May 2021), plans are now being pushed forward for a full “Global Pandemic Radar” surveillance system.
An official statement from Boris read: “Tackling COVID-19 globally and ensuring we are better prepared for future health threats is an absolute priority for the UK’s G7 presidency.”
“The world must never be caught unawares again by a virus spreading among us unchecked. We need to build a system of disease surveillance fit for the 21st century, with real-time data sharing and rapid genomic sequencing and response.”
“A Global Pandemic Radar will ensure that we are vigilant to new variants and emerging pathogens, and can rapidly develop the vaccines and treatments needed to stop them in their tracks.”
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO said: “The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the vital need for a robust, modern system to keep the world ahead of emerging diseases through active monitoring at the community level, swift and accurate sequencing of new pathogens, and data-sharing across the globe.”
“The UK has set a strong example for pathogen surveillance and sequencing, as well as vaccine development. I am delighted that under PM Johnson, the UK will partner with WHO to contribute to stronger global surveillance and a safer world.”