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Dante Disparte, a member of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council, highlighted opportunities to learn from COVID-19 in the face of future pandemics in a recent report. These include the need to restore institutional trust, fund preventative measures, and ensure access to emergency health care.
“The key to avoiding the specter of COVID-19 becoming a seasonal threat is to combat the effects and short termism of vaccine nationalism and to ensure globally available vaccines, particularly for developing and emerging countries,” Disparte told Global Citizen. “Against the threat of pandemics, we are as strong as the weakest links, and in this area we have much work to do.”