Inaction leaves world playing ‘Russian roulette’ with pandemics, say experts

10th Mar, 2021

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The destruction of nature has led to a great increase in diseases crossing from animals to people in recent decades. Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP


Governments must fill a major gap in post-Covid recovery plans with action on the root cause of pandemics – the destruction of nature – a new coalition of health and environment groups have warned. Crucial investments and actions are missing, the Preventing Pandemics at the Source coalition said, leaving the world playing an “ill-fated game of Russian roulette with pathogens”.

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