The WHO and Germany have announced that a global monitoring center aimed at detecting future pandemic threats will be set up in Berlin.
Highlighting that the world has learned that challenges like COVID-19 cannot be tackled by a single country, the WHO says the center will quickly analyze related data to predict, prevent, prepare for and respond to risks worldwide.
The center, which Germany has agreed to fund with 36 million U.S. dollars, is in line with the transformation the WHO says it seeks to achieve.
"So the vision is not to create another big bureaucratic WHO institution somewhere. It really speaks to what Dr. Tedros has been saying about transformation - transformation and the WHO. People speak about reform and they speak about all of these words. This is about transforming the way this organization engages with the world."
The news comes as countries still grapple with the rampant spread of the virus, with Japan reporting over 4-thousand daily cases for the third straight day on Wednesday, despite the country celebrating a five-day golden week holiday from May first.
As Japan sees no signs of a clear reduction of infections, the government is reportedly considering whether to extend its third COVID-19 state of emergency beyond the May 11th deadline.
The current state of emergency covers Tokyo, Osaka as well as Kyoto prefectures.
Meanwhile, there are calls within Brazil that demand tougher border controls to curb the influx of the Indian variant.
Concerned that the emergence of the Indian variant on top of the other variants in Brazil could make it even more difficult to control the situation.
Brazil's 27 states have raised their concerns to the country's welfare minister.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.