WHO / PANDEMIC HUB

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), inaugurated a new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, based in Berlin. WHO

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STORY: WHO / PANDEMIC HUB
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DATELINE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2021, BERLIN, GERMANY

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1.Wide shot, podium with speakers
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Even as we respond to the pandemic, we must learn the lessons it is teaching us. One of the most clear is the need for new, powerful systems and tools for global surveillance, to collect, analyze and disseminate data on outbreaks with the potential to become epidemics and pandemics. Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster. With the right information, countries and communities can stay ahead of emerging risks, and save lives."
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4.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Urbanization, deforestation, climate change and intensified agricultural practices are all increasing the risks of zoonoses spilling over into human populations. At the same time, new technologies are giving us the ability to predict, prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks faster than ever before. Harnessing the power of these new technologies to save lives is not just an opportunity, it’s an obligation. That is what the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is all about: leveraging innovations in data science, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other cutting-edge technologies, and fostering greater sharing of data and information, between communities and countries."
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6.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"No single institution or nation can do this alone. That’s why we have coined the term “collaborative intelligence” to sum up our collective mission. This Hub will bring together scientists, innovators, policy makers, and civil society representatives from around the world to work across borders and disciplines. Of course, the ultimate goal is not just to develop new toys. It’s to save lives. Our aim is to put the knowledge and insights that are developed here in Berlin to practical use on the ground all over the world."
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8.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Last week, I issued a statement with the heads of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, calling for four things: First, we call on countries that have contracted high volumes of vaccines to swap near-term delivery schedules with COVAX and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, or AVAT. Second, we call on vaccine manufacturers to immediately prioritize and fulfil their contracts to COVAX and AVAT, and to provide regular, clear supply forecasts. Third, we urge the G7 and all dose-sharing countries to fulfil their pledges urgently, as barely 10% of nearly 900 million committed doses have so far been shipped. And fourth, we call on all countries to eliminate export restrictions and any other trade barriers on COVID-19 vaccines and the inputs involved in their production."
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STORYLINE:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), inaugurated a new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, based in Berlin.

The hub is part of the agency’s Health Emergencies Programme and will support the work of public health experts and policymakers in all countries. It will aim to provide them with the tools needed to forecast, detect and assess epidemic and pandemic risks so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.

Dr. Tedros said the work of the new hub will focus on data linkage and analysis, and on the ability to better detect and assess risks of disease events in their earliest stages before they amplify and cause death and societal disruption.

The hub is receiving an initial investment of USD 100 million from Germany.
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