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 these root causes, we propose a three-pronged strategy: