The Red Cross assessed the world’s preparations for the next pandemic. Canada isn’t ready.

Persistent challenges, especially climate change, will hamper the world’s ability to protect against disease outbreaks, according to the 2022 World Disaster Report.

Why It Matters

Out of a 100-point score used to assess a country’s preparedness for the next pandemic, Canada scored 69 – a score that’s barely changed since 2019. Boosting this score and preparing for the next global pandemic will require significant planning well in advance.

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