The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Government of Germany, launched a new Intelligence Center for Pandemics and Epidemics in order to respond to future health challenges with state-of-the-art tools such as data analysis or intelligence artificial (AI).
The center, which will be based in Berlin, will share information and innovations necessary to predict, avoid, detect, prepare and respond to threats to global health, WHO said in a statement.
The agency seeks that this new center marks a new collaboration between States around the world, that among other things develop predictive models of risk analysis and monitor the control measures of epidemics, but also of infodemics, as described calls you on the fake news surrounding these crises.
The new center was presented at a press conference by the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who pointed out that “it will be a new platform for the prevention of pandemics, uniting governmental, academic and private institutions. “.
“One of the lessons that COVID-19 has taught us is that the world needs a significant step forward in data analysis to help leaders make informed health decisions,” added the WHO Director-General. .
For this, he pointed out, advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, the combination of different data sources, and the collaboration of multiple disciplines are required to have better data and analysis that lead to better decisions.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the world broke a record for the second consecutive week with 5.7 million new weekly cases, the highest number of confirmed infections since the pandemic began 17 months ago.