COVID-19 has taught us that untimely action, inadequate cooperation amongst and across sectors, and insufficient funding might lead to catastrophic consequences. The Global Biosecurity Forum complements existing initiatives in order to expand capacity to address these issues by leveraging our expertise in facilitating public-private partnerships and coalition building.
Estimates show that the costs of preventing the next pandemic represent only 2% of the total costs of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next 10 years. This builds on increased international collaboration amongst public and private sector stakeholders, better policy frameworks and better information sharing to improve detection, identification and prevention of future disease outbreaks.
The science indicates a strong link between climate change and biodiversity loss, and similarly there is a strong link between biodiversity loss and the emergence of infectious diseases. Thus, the recovery from the current pandemic provides a strong platform to discuss the interconnection of these issues as part of a bigger resilience debate.