Environment: action to prevent pandemics, von der Leyen

Commission president cites Covid, Ebola

11 January, 18:00

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 11 - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Monday, addressing the summit on biodiversity ''One planet'' in Paris, called for urgent action to safeguard the environment and prevent future pandemics. ''If we don't act urgently to protect our nature, we could already be at the start of an era of pandemics'', she said. ''We have spoken a lot about the connection between biodiversity loss and Covid. But this is not the first, the last or the most significant example'', she continued, noting that this is how ''we believe one of the most lethal epidemics, Ebola, started''. (ANSA).

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