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Health bosses warn world needs to prepare for 'disease deadlier than Covid'

The world needs to learn from the Covid-19 pandemic in order to prepare for "even deadlier" viruses in the future, a World Health Organisation (WHO) chief has warned.

Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that people can't carry on as normal after the pandemic, which he claims turned everybody's lives "upside down".

Speaking at a meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Dr Tedros warned that although it may seem as though the worst is over, being prepared for an "even deadlier" pathogen is vital, reports the Mirror.

He said: "The world was taken by surprise and found unprepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, the most severe health crisis in a century.

"Over the past three years, Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. Almost seven million deaths have been reported, but we know the toll is several times higher – at least 20 million.

"The pandemic has caused severe disruption to health systems, and severe economic, social and political upheaval. Covid-19 has changed our world, and it must."

The health boss also warned that there's the risk of a pathogen emerging that's "even deadlier" than Covid-19.

"The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains. And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains,” he said.

"We cannot kick this can down the road. If we do not make the changes that must be made, then who will?

"And if we do not make them now, then when? When the next pandemic comes knocking – and it will – we must be ready to answer decisively, collectively and equitably."

Dr Tedros also highlighted that although Covid is still an issue, it's not as big a concern as it once was.

"To be clear, Covid-19 is still with us, it still kills,

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Is the COVID-19 pandemic over? WHO to vote whether to end global health emergency declaration
WASHINGTON - It’s almost hard to believe that nearly three years have passed since the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a virus — later named SARS-CoV-2 — as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). But on Friday, a committee is meeting to deliberate and vote whether it is time to recommend to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he declare the global health emergency is over. The committee advises the director-general, who will make the final decision, but he generally follows the committee’s advice.Days before the vote, the director-general said in a media briefing that he was "very concerned" about the rising number of COVID-19 deaths globally. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a press conference at the World Health Organization's headquarters in Geneva, on December 14, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images) "While I will not pre-empt the advice of the Emergency Committee, I remain very concerned by the situation in many countries and the rising number of deaths," Tedros said Tuesday, suggesting the committee may not think it’s the right time to advise Tedros to terminate the declaration. Worldwide, deaths have steadily increased since December, according to recent data by Johns Hopkins University.