Looking Back at a Year That Changed the World: WHO's Response to COVID-19   [open pdf - 7MB]

From the Foreword: "We can't predict with certainty what and where the next potential pandemic might be, but we can say with absolute certainty that it is never further away than just around the corner. We must not only be willing, but hungry to learn and apply the lessons of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. The work of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, the Review Committee of the International Health Regulations and the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee of the WHO [World Health Organization] Health Emergencies Programme will all have recommendations for Member States, and for WHO and its partners. But some lessons are already plain to see. Our health security depends on recognizing the intrinsic links between emergency preparedness and response, universal health coverage, and the intimate connections between the health of humans, animals and the planet. A strong WHO will turn these lessons into action, make building back better more than a slogan, and ensure that they guide our work over the next 12 months as we continue to fight COVID-19 with every tool at our disposal."

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