the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Asia-Pacific Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases is preparing a five-year plan to be ready for the next wave of zoonotic diseases. While launching the new initiative to help prevent future pandemics, the FAO said on Friday that animal-to-human diseases are the primary source of most infectious diseases. “With about 75 per cent of diseases affecting humans having animal origins, addressing Transboundary Animal Disease (TADs) is evidently an imperative, as we have seen with outbreaks such as COVID-19, Ebola, and many others,” said Kachen Wongsathapornchai, FAO Senior Animal Health Officer and ECTAD Regional Manager.