The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and global animal welfare charity Brooke will collaborate to create the first ever global list of essential veterinary medicines for livestock. This will give food production animals such as cattle and poultry, and working animals, like horses and donkeys, access to better, timelier and more standardized treatment, helping to prevent future pandemics of diseases like Covid-19. The list will contain basic medicines and vaccinations, selected for their relevance, efficacy and cost effectiveness that should be available in every country to every veterinarian. Up to 75% of emerging diseases and up to 60% of infectious human diseases are of animal origin. Therefore, preventing disease in animals through vaccination and quality health care is essential for human health.