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Pandemic preparation ‘chronically underfunded’

A World Health Organization centre to co-ordinate global efforts to prepare for and tackle pandemics is urgently needed, a report from a group of high-profile funders has said.

The Neglected Dimension of Global Security, published on 13 January, says that pandemics cost more than £40 billion each year worldwide. However, in comparison with other high-profile threats to security, such as terrorism and financial crises, preparation for disease outbreaks has received chronic underinvestment.

The report was produced by the Commission on Creating a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, a partnership of seven organisations convened after the 2014 Ebola crisis, and includes the Wellcome Trust, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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