In The News: Are we ready for the next pandemic?

The world is more at risk of a global outbreak than any other time in history

Will the lessons learned from Covid-19 help us to fight the next pandemic when it happens? Photograph: iStock

Will the lessons learned from Covid-19 help us to fight the next pandemic when it happens? Photograph: iStock

 

As Ireland continues towards a full reopening of society with the lifting of pandemic restrictions, experts have warned that the next global outbreak could strike at any time.

The lack of vaccination programmes in low-income countries has so far made it almost impossible to eradicate Covid-19 and the virus is expected to remain a threat to human populations for some time to come.

Today, the world is more at risk of a global outbreak than any other time in history.

Are we ready for the next pandemic? And will the lessons learned as a result of Covid-19 help us to fight it when it happens?

In this episode of the In the News podcast, Conor Pope talks to Máire Connolly, Professor of Global Health and Development at NUIG School of Medicine and coordinator of the EU security research project PANDEM-2.

In the News is presented by reporters Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.

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