Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland served three terms as prime minister of Norway and was Director-General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003 when the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) pandemic emerged in China.
She is now co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, which provides an independent appraisal for leaders, key policy-makers and the world on preparedness and response capacity for disease outbreaks.
Its inaugural report last year warned the world was “grossly unprepared” for pandemics and its second report, published earlier this month, said financial and political investments in preparedness have been insufficient. She spoke to the Telegraph about the global response to the disease.
In your report you talked about how the previous responses to disease outbreak had been characterised by panic and neglect. Do you think this is the pandemic that will make people sit up and notice?
I really hope so! Leaders and people