WHO developing an intelligence hub which will provide early warning of emerging pandemics
- Published: Tuesday, 11 May 2021 09:14
An international hub for pandemic control is to open later this year in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against future global health threats. Supported by the German government, the hub will specialize in gathering epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance, and analytics innovation.
Emphasising the need for greater cooperation and information-sharing between countries to complement existing international health regulations, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus underscored the likely recurrence of new global health threats:
"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the global systems for pandemic and epidemic intelligence. And it’s a fact of nature that there will more viruses that will emerge with the potential of sparking epidemics or pandemics. Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster."
"With the right information, countries and communities can stay one step ahead of an emerging risk and save lives. Modern technologies give us unprecedented tools for collecting, analysing, and disseminating data in real time around the world. That’s what the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence aims to do."
A super-computer will help the new hub to ‘predict, prevent, detect prepare for and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks worldwide’.