An independent commission says the COVID-19 pandemic could be avoided if world leaders act properly, The Hill reported.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were part of a panel called the Independent Pandemic Preparedness and Response Panel, and they criticized global leaders and called for better future action.
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The independent pandemic preparedness and response panel (IPPPR) is a team of experts gathered by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebreeus, last May to investigate the pandemic.
The IPPR review stated that efforts to stem the spread were inconsistent and underfunded. The report also punishes the warning system for being slow and restrained.
“[February 2020] is a month lost opportunity to prevent a pandemic because so many countries have chosen to wait and see, “Clark said.
“For some, more action was taken only when the intensive care unit̵
“The situation we are in today could have been prevented. “An outbreak of a new pathogen, Sars CoV-2, has become a catastrophic pandemic that has now killed more than 3.25 million people and continues to threaten lives and livelihoods around the world,” said Sirleaf. “This is due to countless failures, omissions and delays in readiness and reaction. This is partly due to the failure to learn from the past.”
The panel calls on world leaders to donate at least 1 billion doses of vaccines to low- and middle-income countries as part of the WHO’s Covax Gavi Advance Market commitment, a vaccine action plan to provide more than 2 billion doses by mid-2022. г. Market monitoring reports.
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