After COVID: Preventing the Next Pandemic
For decades, public health experts warned of a coming pandemic and developed recommendations to prepare—yet when it arrived, the response was a catastrophic failure. With better surveillance, perhaps we could have slowed the worldwide spread of the virus. Had the threat become less politically charged, a consensus-driven strategy might have slowed it down. Certainly, stronger global governance and more equitable distribution of personal protective equipment, vaccines, and therapeutics could have reduced the toll. Now that the world has watched a theoretical risk become real, can we learn our lessons and do better before the next threat inevitably arrives?