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Nature conservation is the only way to curb future pandemics: report

Experts say measures such as vaccines do not get to the root of risk. What we need are environmental interventions

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No-one wants to endure another pandemic, yet it’s likely we will.

However, scientific experts say future pandemics can be avoided if more attention is paid to protecting the environment, including preserving forests and changing agricultural practices.

In a global report commissioned by the US’s Harvard Global Health Institute and released on Wednesday, public health experts caution that while efforts to contain outbreaks with vaccines, drugs and testing are critical, these interventions do not get to the root of pandemic risk — the spillover of pathogens between animals and people...

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