After the words, the deeds. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the creation of an independent panel of experts to assess its own management of the coronavirus pandemic. “I am proud to announce that former Prime Minister Helen Clark (New Zealand) and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia) have agreed to co-chair the evaluation committee, which we call the independent panel for preparation and the response to pandemics, “announced WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to diplomats in member states.
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“I cannot imagine two more independent figures to make this honest assessment and help us understand what has happened and what we should do to avoid such tragedies in the future,” he said. Since the start of the health crisis at the end of 2019, the WHO has been strongly criticized in its response, notably delaying in recommending the wearing of the mask. Above all, she was accused by the United States of having been extremely complacent with China, where the coronavirus appeared, and of having delayed declaring a global health emergency. The United States, a major contributor to the WHO budget, officially notified Tuesday of its withdrawal from the organization.
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“The divisions between us give the virus the advantage” and “we cannot overcome the pandemic if we are divided,” said Dr. Tedros, in a veiled response to the United States. “The biggest threat we face today is not the virus itself, but the lack of leadership and solidarity,” he added.