Will #COVID19 generate #global #preparedness? (Lancet, summary)

[Source: The Lancet, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]

Will COVID-19 generate global preparedness?

Kathryn H Jacobsen

Published: March 18, 2020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30559-6


In The Lancet, Nirmal Kandel and colleagues1 report their analysis using an operational readiness index to summarise countries’ national performance across 18 indicators of preparedness to prevent, detect, and respond to an outbreak of a novel infectious disease. The authors’ analysis shows that only 104 (57%) of 182 countries had the functional capacity to perform crucial activities at national and subnational levels. 32 (18%) countries had low readiness and would require external resources to control an emerging infectious disease event. Kandel and colleagues’ conclusions are similar to those of the Global Health Security Index2  and previous assessments from WHO.3



I declare no competing interests.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; Pandemic Preparedness.


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Giuseppe Michieli

I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.