International Approach To Combat Health Threats Crucial, Says UK

Britain can "get out of" the coronavirus pandemic "by Spring", Matt Hancock

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Image: No 10

An international approach to combat future health threats is necessary, the British government has said as it reaches agreement with G7 countries to work together to identify early warning signs from animals and the environment. “Nobody is safe until everyone is safe,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The risk of global pandemics and emerging health threats will be reduced through a new international approach agreed by G7 countries that will bolster international collaboration to eliminate potential dangers posed by animals and the environment in the future.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, “Globally we are only as strong as the weakest link in the health security chain. No one is safe until everyone is safe.

“We need to make better use of advances in our ability to collect, analyse, and share health data from all aspects of life, enabling faster collaboration to respond to health security threats and stop diseases in their tracks,” he added on June 3.

The G7 health ministers’ meetings in Oxford will continue today June and takes place ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall which begins on 11 June.

Boris Johnson has pledged to use the UK’s G7 presidency to work with our global partners to implement a five-point plan to prevent future pandemics. This includes setting up a worldwide network of zoonotic research hubs to spot a new pandemic before it starts. Zoonotic research centres would be charged with spotting dangerous animal pathogens before they cross the species barrier and infect human beings.

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