COVID-19 has devastated our global community. The worst part? It’s likely to happen again – soon. The world is rightly focused on developing and distributing vaccines, managing the economic fallout of COVID-19, and bolstering health systems to manage rising cases. But we cannot afford to lose sight of how we will emerge once this current pandemic has passed. We can emerge from COVID-19 more enlightened and deliberate, or we can go back to business as usual, once again ignoring the root causes of pandemics that will arise in the future.
The rate of zoonotic disease outbreaks has been increasing steadily as we continue to encroach upon the natural world, and unless we take action, it is only a matter of time before we experience another COVID-19.
If we want to stop this from happening – we must invest in the infrastructure needed for prevention at the source.
Our work aims to save lives by preventing the spillover of zoonotic viruses from animals to humans - well before they can become global pandemics, regional / national epidemics, or even localized outbreaks.
people have been infected by COVID-19
people have died of the disease
in estimated losses to the global economy over the next five years
people are likely to fall below the extreme poverty line in 2021
BUT PREVENTION CAN ONLY HAPPEN WHEN WE JOIN FORCES
In the wake of COVID-19, a group of leading health and environment actors have joined forces to prevent pandemics at the point of spillover. These organizations are: