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Preparedness efforts for health threats: the gap between detection and action

9 February 2023

UCL Warning Research Centre's Head of Health Warnings R&I Claudia Fernandez de Cordoba Farini recently published an article for the National Preparedness Commission, looking at the gap between detection and action concerning preparedness efforts for health threats.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) was highly criticised for its delay in declaring Covid-19 as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) via social media and a public investigation, (see the final report of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response). But would earlier detection have necessarily resulted in an earlier and/or better response?

Read the full piece here: https://nationalpreparednesscommission.uk/2023/01/preparedness-efforts-for-health-threats-the-gap-between-detection-and-action/


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A view of the third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference, held in Bali in May 2022. Credit: Claudia Fernandez de Cordoba Farini.