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The Solution


What Is 
The Solution?

Our initiative is focused on preventing pandemics at the source – in other words, stopping them at the point of spillover of pathogens from animals to humans, well before they can become global pandemics, epidemics, or even localized outbreaks.

This work will be difficult – but it is doable.

As the figure below shows, there are a number of geographies where spillover is most likely to happen. By making the right policy changes and focusing initial investments in selected countries, we can drastically reduce the chances of another pandemic disrupting our world.

Pandemics are a systems problem with roots spread out across many sectors. Effectively getting to those roots will require dialogue and coordinated action between sectors – particularly health and environment, but also agriculture, trade, food and nutrition, and others – that are currently not accustomed to talking to one another, let alone working together.



To address this, we propose the following:

A three-pronged strategy:

Scientific Taskforce and High-Level Panel on Prevention at the Source

Action Fund
for Pandemic Prevention

Global and Local Public Awareness Campaigns

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Scientific Taskforce on Prevention at the Source

In order to advance investment and action to forestall the next pandemic, The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) recently convened Scientific Task Force dedicated to evaluating our knowledge of infectious disease emergence, with particular emphasis on pathogens with pandemic potential, and generating solution-oriented expert consensus on actions to prevent pathogen spillover.

The Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source was comprised of esteemed scientists from around the globe, who worked together to holistically examine what we know and what we must learn to prevent the next global pandemic.

The report of the Task Force can be found here.