The report's findings are made even more painful by the fact that the GPMB predicted this a year ago, in its 2019 Annual Report, "A World at Risk", warning of the "very real threat of a rapidly spreading pandemic due to a lethal respiratory pathogen, and the need for determined political leadership at national and global levels", the GPMB said in this year's executive summary.
"Tragically and catastrophically, we have seen our worst fears realized", the GPMB's co-chair, former World Health Organization director-general Gro Harlem Brundtland, told a media briefing on Monday, according to Reuters. "There have been numerous calls for action ... over the last decade, yet none has generated the changes needed".
"Tragically and catastrophically, we have seen our worst fears realised", Brundtland told a media briefing on Monday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed "a collective failure to take pandemic prevention, preparedness and response seriously and prioritize it accordingly", it said.
"Failure to learn the lessons of Covid-19 or to act on them with the necessary resources and commitment will mean that the next pandemic, which is sure to come, will be even more damaging", it said.
The previous report, called 'A World At Risk, ' was released just months before the appearance of Covid-19.
Health worker and volunteer Paulo Roberto Oliveira receives a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech at the Sao Lucas Hospital, in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil on August 08, 2020.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is again calling for broad global cooperation and significant, long-term financing of pandemic preparedness and prevention.
It urged the United Nations, the WHO and worldwide financial institutions like the World Bank to convene a summit on the global health emergency, aimed at agreeing on an worldwide framework for emergency preparedness and response.
The framework should include among other things a "mechanism" to ensure "sustainable, predictable financing on the scale that is required", Brundtland said.
"We must take heed of the consequences of not having robust and sustainably financed global preparedness plans - both to end this pandemic and to be better equipped to deal with inevitable future crises", said Dr Farrar.
Current WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed, telling the virtual event that "spending on health and preparedness is not charity. It is an investment in our future". "This needs more than warm words of solidarity", he said. "This will not be the last pandemic, nor the last global health emergency".
In this June 27, 2020 file photo, medical personnel prepare to test hundreds of people lined up in vehicles in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale for free COVID-19 tests organized by Equality Health Foundation, which focuses on care in underserved communities.