UN / GUTERRES EPIDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

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Marking the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, Secretary-General António Guterres said the COVID-19 pandemic “demonstrated how quickly an infectious disease can sweep across the world, push health systems to the brink, and upend daily life for all of humanity.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 DECEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“COVID-19 demonstrated how quickly an infectious disease can sweep across the world, push health systems to the brink, and upend daily life for all of humanity. It also revealed our failure to learn the lessons of recent health emergencies like SARS, avian influenza, Zika, Ebola and others. And it reminded us that the world remains woefully unprepared to stop localized outbreaks from spilling across borders and spiralling into a global pandemic. COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic humanity will face.
Infectious diseases remain a clear and present danger to every country. As we respond to this health crisis, we need to prepare for the next one. This means scaling-up investments in better monitoring, early detection and rapid response plans in every country — especially the most vulnerable. It means strengthening primary health care at the local level to prevent collapse. It means ensuring equitable access to lifesaving interventions like vaccines for all people. And it means achieving Universal Health Coverage. Most of all, it means building global solidarity to give every country a fighting chance to stop infectious diseases in their tracks. An outbreak anywhere is a potential pandemic everywhere. On this International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, let’s give this issue the focus, attention and investment it deserves.”

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3. Wide shot, flags outside UN Headquarters

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Marking the International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, Secretary-General António Guterres said the COVID-19 pandemic “demonstrated how quickly an infectious disease can sweep across the world, push health systems to the brink, and upend daily life for all of humanity.”

COVID-19, Guterres said in a pre-recorded video message, “also revealed our failure to learn the lessons of recent health emergencies like SARS, avian influenza, Zika, Ebola and others,” and “reminded us that the world remains woefully unprepared to stop localized outbreaks from spilling across borders and spiralling into a global pandemic.”

The Secretary-General stressed that COVID-19 “will not be the last pandemic humanity will face.”

He said, “as we respond to this health crisis, we need to prepare for the next one. This means scaling-up investments in better monitoring, early detection and rapid response plans in every country — especially the most vulnerable. It means strengthening primary health care at the local level to prevent collapse. It means ensuring equitable access to lifesaving interventions like vaccines for all people. And it means achieving Universal Health Coverage. Most of all, it means building global solidarity to give every country a fighting chance to stop infectious diseases in their tracks.”

The International Day of Epidemic Preparedness, marked annually on 27 December, was proclaimed one year ago by the General Assembly, to advocate the importance of the prevention of preparedness for, and partnership against epidemics.

The International Day falls on the birthdate of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist, responsible for ground-breaking work on vaccinations.
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