Interim report says Chinese officers may have utilized public well being measures extra forcefully, WHO took too lengthy to declare worldwide emergency.Chinese officers may have utilized public well being measures extra forcefully in January with the unfold of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too lengthy to declare a global emergency, an unbiased panel reviewing the worldwide dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic has stated.
The virus was first detected within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in late 2019, earlier than seeping past the nation’s borders to wreak international havoc, costing greater than two million lives and eviscerating economies.
In an interim report on Monday, the panel of consultants, led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, stated: “The global pandemic alert system is not fit for purpose. The WHO has been underpowered to do the job.”
It additionally referred to as for a “global reset” and stated it could present suggestions in a ultimate report back to well being ministers in May.
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The panel stated it was “clear” that “public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national health authorities in China in January” earlier than happening to criticise the WHO for not convening its emergency committee till January 22, 2020, and failing to comply with declare the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – its highest alert degree – till every week later.
“It is not clear why the committee did not meet until the third week of January, nor is it clear why it was unable to agree on the declaration … when it was first convened,” the report stated.
The WHO got here below extreme criticism from US President Donald Trump, who suspended the US’s contributions to the physique in April, and accused it of selling China’s “disinformation” in regards to the coronavirus outbreak.