Governments knew a pandemic was a threat – here’s why they weren’t better prepared

How is it possible that we were not ready? Not only had Bill Gates been banging on about this for a long time, but pandemics also featured strongly on regional and national risk registers produced by governments and bureaucrats, as well as international registers from non-governmental organisations.… Read More

Placing scientific knowledge, preparedness and public awareness at the core of disaster risk policy

Knowledge-based advice to governments, preparedness, public awareness, and timely actions are an earnest of success in coping with crises and disasters. A fruitful cooperation between scientists, policymakers and the society at all stages of disaster risk management would contribute to resilience and sustainability, and is vitally important during crises/disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. No political and governmental actions are productive without having scientific knowledge and public awareness raised.… Read More