Similarly, USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program, including PREDICT, focuses on detecting and responding to emerging infectious diseases resulting from human-animal interaction. The project has identified over 1,200 new viruses to date, including a new Ebola virus (USAID, 2019).
Considering the enormous public health implications, more global cooperation, open data sharing, and funding are necessary for such initiatives. The Covid-19 pandemic has stressed the critical need for preparedness to curb the spread of infectious diseases timely. The lessons learned from this pandemic should guide the future of public health interventions, technological usage in healthcare, and global cooperation to ensure that we are better equipped to tackle any future health crisis.
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