COVID-19 pandemic was ‘preventable disaster’, report says – fr

COVID-19 pandemic was ‘preventable disaster’, report says – fr

The COVID-19 pandemic was a “preventable disaster” that revealed weak ties “at every step” of the preparedness process, according to a report commissioned by the World Health Organization released on Wednesday.
Why is this important: The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response report criticized governments around the world for not being prepared for the pandemic despite the prevalence of past “global health threats”, such as the Ebola epidemics, Zika and SARS.

The big picture: The report states that the world’s response to the emergence of COVID-19 has been “too slow” and “too soft”, and that the WHO was “undernourished”.

  • “Global political leadership was absent,” he adds.
  • The report also states that February 2020 was a “lost month” during which governments should have taken action to prevent the epidemic from turning into a pandemic.
  • “COVID-19 is the Chernobyl moment of the 21st century – not because an epidemic is like a nuclear accident, but because it has so clearly shown the seriousness of the threat to our health and well-being. “

To end the current pandemic, the committee recommends that …

  • Richer countries provide “at least 1 billion” doses of vaccine to poor and middle-income countries;
  • World Trade Organization and WHO Call on Vaccine Producing Countries “to Accept Voluntary Licenses and Technology Transfer for COVID-19 Vaccines”;
  • Nations are expanding access to COVID-19 testing and therapy.


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