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How do we learn from SARS‑CoV‑2 to defend humanity from future microbial threats? There must be funds, organisation, perseverance, and strategic thinking. It is complex for sure, but clearly what needs to be done.
Andrea Crisanti is a scientist working on innovative ways to control infectious diseases. The co-author, Anna Meldolesi, is a science journalist with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
This is the seventeenth essay in the Big Ideas series created by the European Investment Bank. The series invites international thought leaders and experts to write about the most important issues of the day. These essays are a reminder that we need new thinking to protect the environment, promote equality and improve people’s lives around the globe.