In this time of crisis, thousands of papers and guidelines have already been published about COVID-19. Most of these consider the important questions of how to respond to the ongoing public health crisis, or how to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have taken a look at the root causes and spread of the novel coronavirus and other ‘zoonoses’—diseases that are transmitted between animals and humans in the assessment, Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission, published on 6 July, which notes that 60 per cent of the 1,400 microbes known to infect humans originated in animals. The report also offers a set of practical recommendations to help policymakers prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen and ILRI Director General Jimmy Smith launched the report at a press briefing on 6 July 2020. Watch here.
Press release: Unite human, animal and environmental health to prevent the next pandemic
Story: As daily COVID-19 cases reach a new high, new report examines how to prevent future pandemics
Video: The next wave - How to beat future pandemics
Join us next Monday for this virtual Planet Unplugged session and learn first-hand how the One Health approach -- which unites public health, veterinary and environmental expertise -- has been identified as the optimal method for preventing as well as responding to zoonotic disease outbreaks and pandemics.
Monday 13 July 2020 at 12 noon - Virtual Event
Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director
Jimmy Smith, ILRI Director General
Delia Grace Randolph, ILRI Lead Author of the UNEP-ILRI Zoonoses Report
Doreen Robinson, UNEP Chief of Wildlife
Musonda Mumba, UNEP Chief of Terrestrial Ecosystems Unit
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