“This Covid pandemic has not yet been defeated and it will not be the last”. This is the warning launched by Angela Merkel at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), which she asked for better preparation for the future by the scientific community. “After the pandemic is before the pandemic,” the German Chancellor said in her video message, paraphrasing a famous phrase from West German football coach Sepp Herberger, “after the game is before the game”. Merkel has proposed an international treaty on pandemics to facilitate collaboration between countries and a faster warning system, to be able to stop the next pandemic in advance. “We should all prepare as best we can for the next one. This is the answer I hope will come from this general assembly,” said the chancellor.