The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised concerns about Disease X, a new illness that they say all nations should prepare for. As per Fox News, it could be deadly 20 times in comparison to COVID-19. The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, is requesting every country sign a ‘pandemic treaty’ to manage Disease X.
Speaking at a Davos gathering, Mr Ghebreyesus said that by May, countries will sign this treaty to fight against what he called “the common enemy.”
The WHO is asking that the world should be ready because the outcome remains unknown. The space and oxygen were limited, so many couldn’t be saved during COVID. The plan that Ghebreyesus wants is for diseases the world has yet to discover. The WHO is already preparing for another surge by developing the fund and a hub in South Africa.
Disease X is not a particular disease but an appellation for some virus that could possibly be like COVID-19. It could be a novel disease, such as a virus or bacteria, with no known cure. WHO believed that one needed to be prepared for illnesses such as COVID-19, Ebola, and Zika, which have cost many lives.
In 2018, they started using the name Disease X to refer to an unknown disease that could catastrophically affect mankind worldwide. According to the WHO, there are a lot of potential diseases in this world, and we lack the resources needed for the examination that would encompass their solutions.
According to reports, Mr Ghebreyesus mentioned, “There are things that are unknown that may happen, and anything happening is a matter of when, not if, so we need to have a placeholder for that, for the diseases we don’t know.”
Further, he mentioned, “We lost many people (during COVID) because we couldn’t manage them. They could have been saved, but there was no space. There was not enough oxygen. So how can you have a system that can expand when the need comes?”
He also said that the WHO has already done something to prepare for another attack. They’re doing other things, such as creating an emergency pandemic fund and establishing a tech-transfer hub in South Africa.
He continued, “Equity. It was a serious problem. Many high-income countries were hoarding vaccines. To address the equity problem, we established the mRNA technology transfer hub in South Africa. This is to increase the local production,” some reports suggested.
How can Disease X be explained?
Disease X is not a particular disease; it refers to a potential virus closely related to COVID-19. It may be anything novel, a new strain of virus, bacteria, or fungus for which there is no known cure. This unknown disease has been placed by this global health organization in the same category as others, such as COVID-19, Ebola, Lassa fever, MERS, Nipah, and Zika, which have led to massive deaths during outbreaks.
According to The Lancet, WHO actually began using the term in 2018 when it referred to an unidentified disease that could be a global pandemic.
In November 202, a report from the WHO mentions Disease X, which ultimately stands for an unknown pathogen that might cause a widespread worldwide pandemic. As per the WHO, there are numerous potential pathogens worldwide but few resources to undertake research and develop solutions for these diseases.