As the World Health Organization stresses the need for continued measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the face of a global rise in cases, reporting out Tuesday spotlights a new coalition warning that another global pandemic will surely come barring investment in measures to address the root causes of zoonotic disease outbreaks.\u0022The Covid-19 vaccines will help rescue us from this current mess, but it won\u0026#039;t do a thing to protect us from the next pandemic,\u0022 Aaron Bernstein of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told The Guardian.\u0022In truth, we knew that a pandemic was coming, but we as a global community still failed to take actions to prevent it or adequately prepare for it.\u0022—Preventing Pandemics at the Source \u0022Only with actions that stop emerging infections where they start can we end our ill-fated game of Russian roulette with pathogens,\u0022 he said.Harvard Chan is part of the Preventing Pandemics at the Source coalition, which brings together a number of public health experts and environmental organizations. Other coalition partners include Harvard\u0026#039;s Global Health Institute, EcoHealth Alliance, and Health in Harmony.As The Guardian reported:The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is thought to have jumped from wild bats to humans and about two-thirds of diseases that infect humans start in other species, including the influenza, HIV, Zika, West Nile, and Ebola viruses. The increasing destruction of nature by farming, logging, and the wild animal trade has brought people and their livestock into closer contact with wildlife and led to a great increase in diseases crossing from animals to people in recent decades.Simply put, the coronavirus crisis should come as no surprise; \u0022it is something we helped create,\u0022 the group says.\u0022In truth, we knew that a pandemic was coming, but we as a global community still failed to take actions to prevent it or adequately prepare for it,\u0022 the coalition says on its website. \u0022As a result, we are facing a worldwide health emergency of epic proportions along with a global economic crisis and massive human suffering.\u0022The \u0022broken relationship with nature\u0022 has made similar public heath crises, like MERS and Ebola, more frequent, and there is \u0022a high risk that we will make the same mistake again.\u0022The group points to research showing that \u0022more than 335 emerging infectious disease outbreaks were reported worldwide from 1940 to 2004—over 50 per decade.\u0022Humanity must seize this moment to undergo a transformation enabling a recognition of our intertwined relationship with nature to avoid another deadly and economically crippling pandemic, the coalition asserts.\u0026nbsp;To effect that change, the coalition proposes three broad steps. Among them is the creation of a \u0022Prevention at the Source\u0026nbsp;Policy Taskforce,\u0022 which the group bills as a transdisciplinary body that would craft and endorse a set of recommendations to \u0022push for bold, creative, and actionable policies that will be truly successful in preventing spillover, while also being forward-thinking enough to anticipate and mitigate risks and unintended repercussions.\u0022A \u0022Global Action Fund for Pandemic Prevention\u0022 would further prevention by financing \u0022a pipeline of existing prevention solutions\u0022 and a search for new solutions.Rounding out the solution blueprint is a proposed global campaign to boost public knowledge about pandemic prevention.\u0022A mindset shift is needed in governments around the world so that prevention is seen as a top political priority, alongside health systems preparedness. Influencing public opinion on a topic is one of the most effective advocacy tools that can help achieve this shift,\u0022 the group said.\u0026nbsp;The coalition directed its focus last month to congressional leaders in the U.S.In an open letter, the group called for \u0022far more leadership and investment regarding pandemic prevention.\u0022\u0022If Covid-19 has made one thing clear, it is that the cost of even the boldest initiative to prevent future pandemics is orders of magnitude less than the price we pay once a pandemic occurs,\u0022 they told lawmakers.\u0026nbsp;As such, the coalition said that coronavirus relief funds should include \u0022a significant level of new funds\u0022 for programs that help prevent pandemics at the source. Specific measures they detailed included the creation of\u0026nbsp; the proposed Global Fund for Pandemic Prevention, with an initial $2.5 billion commitment.\u0022\u0026#039;Building back better\u0026#039; also means enhancing global health security, which must include U.S. leadership and investments to prevent pandemics at the source,\u0022 the group wrote.