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Report of the Scientific Task Force on Preventing Pandemics   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "No one wants to endure another pandemic the likes of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. Yet, the likelihood of another such pandemic occurring may be greater than ever. How to prevent the next pandemic was the core question addressed in the following report. The Scientific Task Force on Preventing Pandemics convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health evaluated the latest research on what forces contribute to pathogen spillover, what actions are warranted to curtail this risk, and what more we must learn to make wiser investments directed at forestalling another pandemic. The report contains key findings and recommendations for research and action to inform pandemic prevention. The task force found that evidence strongly establishes spillover of viruses from wildlife into people, sometimes via livestock, as the root cause of pandemic risk. Spillover of the viruses currently understood to have pandemic potential occurs from land use change, and in particular the destruction of tropical forests, expansion of agricultural lands, especially near human settlements, livestock and farmed wildlife intensification, and wild animal hunting and trade."

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2021-08
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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment; Harvard Global Health Institute
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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/
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