The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that a new pandemic is imminent, though COVID still remains a deadly threat.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his fear-mongering comments during a speech on Thursday at the 76th World Health Assembly.
“The threat of another variant emerging that causes new surges of disease and death remains,” he said.
“And the threat of another pathogen emerging with even deadlier potential remains.”
Ghebreyesus further said the world needs to prepare in advance.
“We cannot kick this can down the road.”
He added, “When the next pandemic comes knocking – and it will – we must be ready to answer decisively, collectively and equitably.”
Ghebreyesus also said that a “high-level meeting on pandemic preparedness and response” is an opportunity to prepare accordingly.
In November, the White House declared support for the WHO to facilitate universal vaccine passports. The statement, made on behalf of G20 countries, including Canada, called for “digital and non-digital solutions, including proof of vaccinations.”
At that time, Canada committed $50 million towards the WHO’s Pandemic Fund, which included funding for “emergency communications and management.”
WHO says global pandemic treaty on the horizon
Then in December, the WHO announced that member states had inched closer to developing a legally binding global pandemic treaty.
Ghebreyesus has denied that a Pandemic Treaty would force countries to comply with its regulations, but he’s also threatened sanctions for countries that don’t do so.
Earlier this year, Ghebreyesus said the world must prepare for a H5N1 bird flu pandemic.
Shortly after, the WHO was implicated in a scandal of epic proportions when the US House Republicans showed that Dr. Fauci “prompted” the study in 2020 that sought to dismiss the lab leak theory — and worse, the WHO’s Chief Scientist was involved.