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Hi, this is Pip. Today, we’re covering the latest warnings from the IFRC that the world remains seriously unprepared for future pandemics.

This came the same day that the WHO said Covid-19 remains a public health emergency of international concern. In other news, we’re hearing why we need to rethink diplomacy in the face of today’s complex crises.

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Philippine Red Cross volunteers conduct mobile Covid-19 vaccination in remote areas. (Frances Noguera/IFRC)

World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic killing more people than any earthquake, drought or hurricane in history, countries have not learned from the disaster and remain unprepared for future health crises, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Monday. “There will be no excuse for a continued lack of preparedness after having gone through three terrible years,” IFRC chief Jagan Chapagain told reporters in Geneva. “We know preparedness saves lives.”

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