Pandemics are a natural phenomenon; they are the result of a new pathogen emerging and spreading around the world and have occurred at infrequent and unpredictable intervals throughout human history.
These are known as High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID).
History is clear on this: more than six distinct influenza pandemics and epidemics have struck in just over a century. Despite this the system, strategies, mentality and technologies currently in place for pandemic preparedness remain inadequate and are failing on a global level. For too long, we have allowed a cycle of panic and neglect when it comes to pandemics: we ramp up efforts when there’s a serious threat, then quickly forget about them once the threat appears to subside.