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Lancet commission criticizes WHO for acting ‘too slowly’ to control the COVID-19 pandemic

The report makes a strong case for maintaining high rates of vaccination coverage and indicates that economic recovery depends on it

The report makes a strong case for maintaining high rates of vaccination coverage and indicates that economic recovery depends on it

The Lancet Commission on Lessons for the Future from the COVID-19 Pandemic, published in the journal September 14, issued a set of recommendations for future planning and condemned the World Health Organization (WHO) for “acting too cautiously and too slowly on several important issues.”

The Lancet Covid-19 Commission was established in July 2020 with four main themes: making recommendations on how best to contain the pandemic; Addressing humanitarian crises arising from pandemics; Addressing the financial and economic crisis caused by the pandemic; and rebuilding an inclusive, just and sustainable world. 28 commissioners were appointed, all of them global experts in public policy, international cooperation, epidemiology and vaccinology, economics and financial systems, sustainable science and mental health.

The report criticizes not only the WHO, but also the role of governments around the world: “As of May 31, 2022, there were 6.9 million and 17.2 million estimated deaths from Covid-19, according to reports from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. This staggering death toll is both a profound tragedy and a colossal global failure on multiple levels.”

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The WHO faces criticism for acting slowly on a number of issues – such as warning about human transmission of the virus, declaring a public health emergency of international concern, endorsing international travel protocols designed to slow the spread of the virus, universal use of masks as protection, and airborne transmission of the virus. to identify

The commissioners recorded that countries in WHO’s Western Pacific region had rich experience in dealing with SARS that responded urgently to outbreaks and followed a containment strategy conducive to low mortality.

The report also noted insufficient coordination between governments on epidemic control, including travel protocols, testing strategies, public health and social measures, commodity supply chains, data standards and reporting systems, and advice to the public, despite extremely high interdependence. between countries. They recorded that epidemic control was indeed seriously hampered by general public health and social measures, public opposition to masks and vaccinations, indicating low trust in government and low health literacy. The deeply unequal effects of the epidemic were not effectively addressed by public policy and inequalities governed outreach measures, the report alleged.

Furthermore, the report makes a strong case for maintaining high rates of vaccination coverage, indicating that economic recovery depends on it, and low rates of new, clinically significant COVID-19 infections. Although “emergency global financing by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and regional development banks had a benevolent role, much larger financial flows from high-income to low-income regions were guaranteed.”

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