Disease X Could Bring Next Pandemic, Kill Million People, Says Expert
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has named the condition Disease X, according to a UK healt
can cause another pandemic deadlier than Covid-19. In an interview to Daily Mail, Kate Bingham,
who served as the chair of the UK's Vaccine Taskforce from May to December 2020, said the new virus could
have a similar impact to the devastating Spanish Flu of 1919-1920. According to WHO, Disease X could be a
new agent - a virus, a bacterium or fungus - without any known treatments.Expressing her concern, Ms Bingham said,
To put it simply, at least 50 million people died from the 1918–19 flu pandemic worldwide, twice as many as
many as were killed in World War I. Today, we could expect a similar death toll from one of the many
the currently existing viruses.In order to combat the threat posed by Disease X, the globe will need to make preparations.
mass vaccination drives and deliver the doses in record time", she told the Daily Mail.The expert further said that
There may be more than one million undiscovered virus varieties despite the fact that scientists have identified 25 virus families.
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