COVID REVIEW PANEL CRITICAL OF CHINA, WHO DELAY

Written by on January 19, 2021

CHINESE OFFICIALS COULD HAVE APPLIED PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES MORE FORCEFULLY IN JANUARY WITH THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) TOOK TOO LONG TO DECLARE AN INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY, AN INDEPENDENT PANEL REVIEWING THE GLOBAL HANDLING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS SAID.

THE VIRUS WAS FIRST DETECTED IN THE CHINESE CITY OF WUHAN IN LATE 2019, BEFORE SEEPING BEYOND THE COUNTRY’S BORDERS TO WREAK GLOBAL HAVOC, COSTING MORE THAN TWO MILLION LIVES AND EVISCERATING ECONOMIES.

THE PANEL OF EXPERTS, LED BY FORMER NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER HELEN CLARK AND FORMER LIBERIAN PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF, SAID: “THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC ALERT SYSTEM IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE. THE WHO HAS BEEN UNDERPOWERED TO DO THE JOB.”

IT ALSO CALLED FOR A “GLOBAL RESET” AND SAID IT WOULD PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS IN A FINAL REPORT TO HEALTH MINISTERS IN MAY.


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