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WHO chief warns: We must prepare for the next pandemic

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: “The threat of another variant of covid-19 emerging and causing a new surge in disease and death persists. And the threat that another pathogen with even more lethal potential will emerge remains.”

This information was posted on on May 24, 2023. The same day, the first comment appeared in the comments section of the Seznam website with the text “WHO has long since ceased to be a serious organization. WHO is under the influence of shady billionaires and shady companies that sponsor them and then make hundreds of millions of dollars through WHO.” Other comments questioning the competence of the WHO and belittling the seriousness of possible future epidemics, creating distrust in health anti-epidemic measures and implying the corrupt nature of WHO officials followed. The above discussion documents the emergence and development of disinformation. “A mindless comment on a simple fact expressed by a representative of a generally recognised serious health organisation is the essence of the disinformation about the targeted preparation of a new pandemic. It already has a name and a date of origin. The whole discussion culminates in an unveiled challenge that both ends of the political spectrum are happy to seize on. And this is no longer just a mindless commentary, but a very dangerous instruction to question the civilisational structures of contemporary society,” say, among others, Vanda Boštíková and Aleš Macela, authors of the survey we published for you in Coffee Beans.

Authors: Prof. RNDr. Vanda Boštíková, Ph.D., Fakulta sociálních věd, Univerzita Karlova, a Prof. RNDr. Aleš Macela, DrSc. Fakulta vojenského zdravotnictví, Univerzita obrany

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