Experts: Collaborate to Fight Pandemics

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Dr. Ionel Coltea

Experts: Collaborate to Fight Pandemics

Health experts warn about a coming global shortage of doctors and nurses, which explains why countries should better collaborate to prevent future pandemics. U.S. officials are discussing and issuing warnings as a result. In the United Kingdom, President Biden will discuss the supply and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the midst of a summit of seven top industrial nations..

There are seven members of the G-7. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Great Britain. At least one billion coronavirus shots are set to be shared among nations grappling with COVID-19 in Argentina and the United States.

A possible future health crisis, coupled with an aging and growing population, indicates that health workers will be in demand globally. Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 there will be a shortage of up to 18 million physicians, nurses, and midwives, despite an estimated 40 million new health jobs over the next decade. In a panel discussion about global health security, the chief medical scientist at Microsoft, Junaid Bajwa, stressed the importance of global collaboration in addressing the shortage of health care workers. As a result of aging populations and possibly other pandemics, we will face a huge workforce crisis in 10 years.

In other words, if we don’t do anything to begin to address them from a resilience standpoint as a global community, we will only see increasing pressures.” To prevent future health crises, health experts advocate an early commitment to science research and the abandonment of a crisis management approach for diseases.

The CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, said that capital markets and venture capitalists had provided the initial funding for Moderna to develop the mRNA vaccine and that countries had not provided adequate support to the development of the vaccine in the early stages of the pandemic. According to Bancel, Moderna has also partnered with COVAX, the government-sponsored platform supported by the United Nations that donates vaccines to countries in need, and is also “investing in basic science” in order to perfect mRNA vaccines to combat future viruses.

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