Can countries keep up with the spread of Covid-19?
"swissinfo.ch: The world is facing a major challenge with the rapid spread of this new coronavirus from China. How are new viruses changing the situation?
Dr Gilles Poumerolexternal link is an international public health specialist. He worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) fexternal linkor 30 years in various capacities at country, regional, and global level. He has extensive experience in the Caribbean, in Asia, in the Pacific, and in Africa on the epidemiology and control of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. In the past 10 years he was in charge of International Travel and Health (ITH) and the revised International Health Regulations (IHR). He is presently consultant for IHR and Global Health Security trainings at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
Gilles Poumerol: Over 60% of emerging viral infections in humans come from animals. The “One Health Initiativeexternal link” launched at the beginning of the 2000s underlines that all living beings live together and that our health is highly interdependent.
Yet these transmissions of viruses from animals to humans are taking on major proportions. The phenomenon is linked to the way societies evolve and to the increase in the world population, which slowly eats away at the territory of wild ecological systems. ..."