An independent group has confirmed that the development of the coronavirus epidemic could have been prevented but the “dangerous areas” adhering and poor coherence mean that the signs have been ignored.
In its final report awaiting Wednesday, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR) said a number of bad decisions mean that COVID-19 kills at least 3.3 million people so far and wreaks havoc on the world economy.
Organizations “failed to protect the people” and leaders who deny science have undermined public confidence in aid, IPPPR said. The first response to an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019 was “no urgency”, while February 2020 was a costly “lost month” when countries failed to heed the alarm, the group said.
It also called on the richest nations to provide billions of vaccines to the poorest people to end the current epidemic, and also urged the world’s richest nations to invest in new voluntary organizations to prepare for the next epidemic.
The IPPPR report was interviewed by members of the World Health Organization (WHO) in May last year. The leaders were former New Zealand President Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
The report, “COVID-19: Make It a Final Epidemic”, states that global alarms need to be set up to prevent the same catastrophe.
“What we have found today can be avoided,” Sirleaf told reporters. “Due to frequent failures, gaps and delays in preparation and response.”
The report stated that the release of COVID-19 is characterized by a combination of “rapid and rapid action, as well as delay, delay, and rejection”.
“The choice of best practices, the unwillingness to deal with social inequalities and inconsistent methods created a dangerous environment that allowed the epidemic to become a major social problem.”
The epidemic was overlooked and countries were not prepared to take part in one crisis, the report found.
The agency did not save the WHO, saying it could have declared the problem the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – the worst case scenario – on January 22, 2020. Instead, it waited another eight days before it did.
However, due to the shortage of countries, “we probably would have been there,” Clark said.
It was in March that the World Health Organization (WHO) described it as a pandemic – a non-scientific term – in which countries were urged to take action.
As for the first emergence, “it was a real delay in China – but there were any delays,” he added.
With no reduction between Wuhan’s first notification and the PHEIC announcement – then the “lost month” of February 2020 – “we hope we can’t look at the growing epidemic, as we have for the past 15 or 16 months or so. It’s so easy,” Clark said. .
The team offered several suggestions on how to address the current epidemic.
The wealthiest countries, with the best vaccines, will have to provide 92 of the poorest percent of the COVAX vaccine by at least one billion vaccines by September 1, and more than 2 billion by mid-2022, he said.
Developed G7 countries should pay 60% of the $ 19bn needed to provide vaccines, diagnostics and drugs through the WHO’s Access to COVID Tools Accelerator program in 2021, it said. Our G20 and other countries need to provide the rest.
The WHO and the World Trade Organization should also require countries that produce vaccines and manufacturers to approve the voluntary licensing of COVID-19 vaccine experts, the group said.
“If the action does not take place within three months, the abolition of… trade rights should take effect immediately.”