The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new initiative to combat insect-borne viruses. At that launch, the World Health Organization warned that the risk of a new pandemic was increasing and likely caused by such a virus-carrying insect.
“We’ve been through the Covid-19 pandemic for two years and learned the hard way what it means to not be adequately prepared for high-impact events.” that’s what dr. Sylvie Briand, director of the World Health Organization’s Global Infectious Hazards Preparedness Team, during a briefing Thursday. So experts are now trying to devise strategies to prevent a recurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization, the next epidemic could be due to insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. According to experts, they represent an “increasing” danger. They can carry viruses such as Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue. Thus, these viruses, also known as arboviruses, are at the top of the list of the next possible outbreak that could lead to a pandemic. This is mainly because nearly four billion people live in the tropics and subtropics, which is the ideal environment for such diseases.
Currently, there are almost no effective treatments for these diseases. Except for yellow fever. We already have a vaccine for today.
So on Thursday the World Health Organization announced the launch of the new global arbovirus initiative. They will integrate all initiatives working to combat these viruses.