The state of global pandemic preparedness
COVID-19

The state of global pandemic preparedness

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Demand a Global Response to Coronavirus

In 2005 after the SARS epidemic, 196 countries signed on to the International Health Regulations (IHR). It laid out a set of goals to ensure countries were prepared to detect and respond to public health events.

But today, no country is fully compliant.

On average, low-income countries score lowest in their capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks, according to the Global Health Security Index, which measures the health security and capabilities of countries that signed on to the IHR. But the problem is global: high-income countries only score on average 50 out of 100.

Here are some key facts to know about the state of global pandemic preparedness.

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We need high-level political leadership and increased investments in health systems to meet the urgent COVID-19 preparation and detection needs — and to address critical preparedness gaps for the next pandemic.

Read more in our COVID-19 policy platform.

Demand a Global Response to Coronavirus

People all over the world are standing in solidarity with each other to fight coronavirus, but the virus keeps moving fast.

The pandemic will inevitably wreak its worst on the communities and countries that are least able to withstand the shock. Let’s stand with the most vulnerable whether they live across the street or across the ocean.

We are one world and it’s time to fight for humanity against the virus. Sign our petition telling governments that a global pandemic demands a global response.


Dear World Leaders,

The world needs a Pandemic Response Plan to:

– Protect the vulnerable, support essential workers, and make a vaccine available to everyone
– Support people worst hit economically
– Strengthen health systems so we’re ready if this happens again

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