WHO and world leaders could have prevented the Covid disaster, experts say
A swift and cohesive global response could halt the 2019 Covid-19 epidemic in China as a global catastrophe by 2020, according to a dangerous report from world leaders and the World Health Organization.
Expert evaluation is Independent Group Preparation and Response, commissioned by the WHO, provides education on future epidemics and offers a number of remedial ideas.
There is also a new agreement to establish a Global Health Threat Council, a WHO mandate to monitor and disseminate information on the spread of disease without government approval, and new funding from the International Pandemic Financing Facility (IPFF) which can cost $ 5bn – $ 10bn a year to plan and raise $ 50bn- $ 100bn briefly in an emergency medical emergency.
“This group is pushing for a radical change in the commitment to a new system… On what citizens can rely on to protect themselves and stay healthy,” said their chairpersons, former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
This review does not examine Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. But it blames Chinese and WHO officials for the delay in realizing that the virus is spreading among the people in Wuhan and alerting the world to the spread of the virus.
“In the future, the preventive measure should be applied from the outset, acknowledging that respiratory infections can be transmitted from person to person only until they are confirmed,” the report said.
The group is concerned about the International Health Regulations, the only legitimate tool for disease outbreaks. “As it is being built now [they] they try to force us instead of encouraging them to take immediate action, ”states the report. “When it comes to travel, it is difficult to see that the frustration of IHR restrictions is a possible epidemic in our highly connected years.”
“If the roadblocks had been set up more quickly and quickly, it would have hindered the spread of the virus,” Clark told reporters ahead of time. “We must realize that we are living in the 21st century and not in the ancient world.”
The group is suing the WHO for declaring Covid to be a global medical problem until January 30. It was officially declared a pandemic on March 11.
But strong criticism was leveled at rich European and North American countries for “destroying February 2020” for inefficiency – which led to “a wasteful month when many other countries would take steps to curb the spread of Sars-Cov-2 and prevent a global health, cultural crisis and the economy that continues to function ”.
When the magnitude of the problem was approved in March 2020, “there was a mental breakdown of PPE, drugs and other weapons”, Clark said. “This was exacerbated by a lack of leaders around the world.”
To provide leadership in the future, the group calls on world leaders to establish a Global Risk Council and the Pandemic Framework Convention to provide a solid foundation for action. It calls for this to be introduced at the international conference, a special session of the United Nations General Assembly which is to be organized to support by the end of this year.
The council will provide funding from IPFF to agencies planning to respond, including a global platform to deliver vaccines, diseases, drugs and other items “quickly and equally globally – from the market to the global supply chain”. The site should be prepared to pay $ 100bn unnoticed in the event of another epidemic, the group said.
This review also requires that WHO’s funding and funding be strengthened. This may include increasing the fees paid by member states; “Oppression of employers (especially senior executives) in the pursuit of appropriate methods and skills”; to improve the performance of his committee – which the group said did not act as a major figure in the epidemic – and to appoint a director-general to serve a seven-year term instead of an extension of five years.
Members of the group are talking to government officials to ensure that these measures are implemented. “The shelves of the UN depots and the heads of state are full of reports and analysis of past problems,” Sirleaf said. “If they had heeded their warnings, we would have spared our lives. This time should be different. ”