UPDATE 1-Germany and WHO announce new knowledge middle to struggle pandemics

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GENEVA / BERLIN, Might 5 (Reuters) – German Well being Minister Jens Spahn on Wednesday known as for a “international reset” within the struggle towards pandemics as Germany and the World Well being Group (WHO ) introduced the creation of a brand new international hub in Berlin for gathering knowledge on pandemics.

Talking at a digital press convention additionally attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the WHO chief, Spahn stated the world was nonetheless not sufficiently ready for pandemics.

“We have to establish the dangers of pandemics and epidemics as shortly as attainable, wherever they happen on this planet,” Spahn stated.

“To realize this objective, we should strengthen the worldwide early warning surveillance system with higher well being knowledge assortment and interdisciplinary danger evaluation.”

The brand new Berlin middle, which brings collectively authorities, tutorial and personal sector establishments, goals to harness international knowledge to foretell, forestall and reply to pandemic and epidemic dangers world wide.

“There will likely be extra viruses that emerge with the potential to set off pandemics,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on the press convention.

The WHO has been criticized for its dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic, triggered by a brand new coronavirus that emerged within the metropolis of Wuhan, in central China, in late 2019.

Three impartial teams are as a consequence of report this month on the response of WHO and Member States and suggest modifications. Tedros has repeatedly stated that the UN company is open to reform. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Alexander Ratz in Berlin Writing by Gareth Jones)

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