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The pandemic “could have been prevented” if the world had acted before

A nurse from South Africa takes care of inpatients after contracting a coronavirus variant
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pandemic Covid-19 “It could have been avoided” if the scientist had acted earlier, an independent commission appointed her World Health Organization (WHO) Led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

“This is an ongoing catastrophe that we think could have been avoided. Evidence shows that the outbreak has become a pandemic due to failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response,” Sirleaf said at a press conference. “This is partly due to failures to learn from the past.”

The committee concluded that WHO should have declared a state of emergency earlier and that urgent action is now needed to prevent another pandemic. The report also stated that the national and international regulations currently in place “were not sufficient to protect people from Covid-19” and that February 2020 was a “wasted month”.

“The time it took for a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin in mid-December 2019 to be declared a public health emergency of international concern was very long,” the document says.

Prevention of new epidemics

The committee urged the international community to prepare for the outbreak of the disease in the future and to prevent it from turning into a pandemic. He recommended fixes like:

  • A new global surveillance system must be created, based on complete transparency.
  • Such a system would give the World Health Organization the authority to publish information on epidemic potential disease outbreaks immediately, without the need to obtain consent and send experts for investigation as soon as possible.
  • All governments should invest in national preparedness now, because it will be too late when the next public health crisis comes.
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