German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened a new epidemic intelligence center on Wednesday 1 September with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The Chancellor took a blushing approach to Ghebreyesus’ praise, thanking him for the “heavy” medal and saying there was still a lot to do.
Upon opening the hub, Merkel said: “We want to be better armed for future pandemics and epidemics … if I’m honest it wasn’t really clear to me that a pandemic could hit Europe one day. . Back then we were working on the basis that it would not come to Europe, but now we have experienced it firsthand and have to learn our lessons. “
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The hub will serve as a collection point for all available information on viruses. The data will then be analyzed for use in the global fight against pandemics.
Merkel praised Berlin as the location for a hub alongside the Charite Hospital and the Robert Koch Institute.
The hub and its work will receive, according to the Berlin Senate, funding of 30 million euros as German support to the World Health Organization.
“We must work together and above all understand that it is not enough for a country to be vaccinated. Everyone must be vaccinated to stop all the mutations that prevent us from finding a way out of the pandemic. The pandemic has also shown me how much we need WHO. It is the body for global health and needs strong and reliable funding, “said.
The hub offers: “a little hope in these sometimes difficult times”, she added.