An international panel on epidemic preparedness has released a depressing assessment
When it comes to future epidemics, the world could be in turmoil due to lack of progress in international health regulations and economic woes. “Bad place” A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that compared to before the launch of Covid-19.
The international community’s epidemic response tools are still inadequate, with an independent panel of the World Health Organization (WHO) this week published an assessment of epidemic preparedness and response demands.
“We have the same equipment and the same systems that existed at the moment to respond to an epidemic threat in December 2019. And those tools were not good enough.” Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who co-authored the report, told reporters.
“If a new epidemic threatens this year, next year, or at least next year, we’ll be pretty much in the same place … probably worse, because of the tight financial space of many, not most countries now.” He added.
Despite the increase in funding, the process of formulating a global plan to respond to health threats has been very slow, with the authors claiming that leaders must fight the decline in interest in member states.
“Only the highest level of political leadership has the legitimacy to bring together multiple sectors.” Co-author and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a press statement on Wednesday.
The authors call for a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly to expedite the process of creating an effective global pandemic response.
Meanwhile, the World Health Assembly, the WHO’s annual decision-making forum, will be convened in Geneva next week to address some of the issues raised in the report.
The first known outbreak of the Kovid-19 virus occurred in Wuhan, China in 2019 and quickly spread to almost all countries. Public health guidelines and ordinances such as masks, social exclusion and immunization have led to political divisions and protests in some countries. Worldwide, the WHO has recorded 520 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Monday. It estimates that the death toll worldwide is approximately 6.27 million.