China’s AIIB reviewing longer-term infrastructure investments to tackle future epidemics

The Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said it is beginning discussions about medium to longer-term infrastructure investments to help prevent and control future epidemics.

“We are discussing with the Chinese authorities what is needed to strengthen the overall system once this crisis is over, (when) it’s (the) moment to step up and learn the lessons, ask what kind of investments can help in the future to prevent outbreaks, reduce the impact and help to contain them,” Joachim von Amsberg, vice president for policy and strategy at AIIB, told CNBC.

“We are talking about hospital infrastructure. We’re talking about laboratories. We’re talking about animal health,” von Amsberg added.