A key challenge in the coming years will be how to reduce the risk of such pandemics, where pathogens are jumping from species to species, from happening in the first place. Leaders and policy makers across the world must understand that the destruction of wild habitats to produce agricultural land will increase the risk of species to species transfer. Perhaps this is the time for joined-up thinking (and advocacy). We have the opportunity for EU leverage on this topic at the moment because the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is currently chaired by an environmentalist. This is purely a personal thought!