Jason Matheny | CSET
What do we need to do to be prepared for future pandemics?
As destructive as COVID-19 has been, we must prepare for future pandemics that could be much worse. Whether from natural outbreaks, lab accidents, or deliberate attacks, humanity remains vulnerable to pathogens that could kill hundreds of millions of people. We need to bolster our biodefenses, from disease monitoring to the development of flexible and broad-spectrum diagnostics, vaccines, and antivirals. COVID-19 has provided a painful lesson about our vulnerabilities — let’s learn as much as we can from this pandemic so that we’re better prepared for the next one.