An independent review committee of the World Health Organization confirmed the need to establish a new global system to confront the spread of diseases faster, to ensure that no other virus in the future causes a devastating pandemic like Corona.
The group of experts consisting of 13 people described the Corona epidemic in the world as “Chernobyl of the 21st century”, indicating that it was something that could have been avoided.
In a report prepared by the committee, the committee called for “extensive reforms in warning and prevention systems.”
“The situation we are living in today is the result of a series of failures, loopholes and delays in preparing for a response to deal with the spread of the epidemic,” said co-chair of the expert group, Eileen Johnson Sirleaf (former President of Liberia).
The report indicates that “the wrong strategic options, in addition to the absence of real political will to address social disparities and poor coordination, led to a situation in which the epidemic turned into a humanitarian disaster.”
The authors of the report mainly accuse the World Health Organization for its delay in requesting the wearing of masks and declaring the epidemic as a global case, as well as for China for its delay in detecting the epidemic, as “everyone wasted a lot of valuable time.”
The report described February 2020 as a “lost month”, as the epidemic spread widely and countries did not move until March, when it became too late.
It also sheds light on the disparity in the attitudes of countries, especially the wealthy ones, towards the epidemic, between indifference, delay and denial, which provided the virus with a suitable platform for its spread.
The report reaffirmed “the need for states and international institutions to implement broad reforms in health systems, including the establishment of a global council to combat health threats, and a new warning and monitoring system based on complete transparency.”