Geneva / Berlin (dpa) – To better prepare for future pandemics, the World Health Organization (WHO) has created a pandemic early warning center in Berlin. The center was inaugurated on Wednesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
It’s supposed to process billions of data on animal health, disease, population movements, the effects of climate change and more. This is intended to identify patterns at an early stage and create threat scenarios using computer models.
The goal is to take action much earlier in the event of a new pandemic than in the event of a corona so that a pathogen does not spread around the world if possible. The first director is Nigerian epidemiologist Chikwe Ihekweazu, born in Germany and currently the head of the Nigerian health authority. The center starts at the premises of Charité, one of the founding partners, and is to have its own campus in Kreuzberg in the future, as announced by the WHO.