The World Health Organization should have the power to quickly investigate threatening pathogens in any country, a review panel set up by the UN agency’s leadership said on Wednesday, saying the The agency had taken too long to report the spread of a new coronavirus in early 2020 to the public. -health emergency.
The report, which was produced by a group of politicians and experts put together by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to examine early efforts to stop the pandemic, has provided little criticism from the government Chinese or its crackdown on Chinese whistleblowers who sounded the alarm over the spread of Covid-19 cases at the end of 2019.
He did not discuss in detail WHO’s advice in early 2020 that countries should not close borders or impose the wearing of masks – steps which are now seen as key steps taken by countries that were successful in managing the disease. Her main focus has been on the disease notification and epidemic response rules under which WHO operates.
But the report lambasted other governments, without naming them, for “devaluing science” and said rich countries had not done enough to provide vaccines to developing countries.
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