After missing the first three days of a critical global health consultation, Dr. Anthony Fauci – the top U.S. infectious disease expert – was able to join the deliberations on 21 January 2021, the day President Joe Biden announced a “full-scale wartime effort” against Covid-19. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised renewed official U.S. engagement with the United Nations health agency and welcomed the new administration’s intention to join Covax, the international collaboration to acquire and fairly distribute Covid-19 vaccines.
Tedros, who is from Ethiopia, and other African health experts and decision makers have long pointed out that ‘vaccine nationalism’-where rich countries monopolise limited supplies-is both incorrect and self-defeating, because ‘no one is protected unless everybody is safe.’ Apart from the fact that the virus does not accept national borders, the recent unchecked outbreak of Covid-19 is fuelling de Some may be more lethal, as well as more quickly spread, and there is also fear that new varieties may resist existing vaccines.
In the meantime, the WHO continues to study how the association and its Member States can benefit from the inadequacies of early responses by Covid. The World Pandemic Warning and Response Mechanism is “not fit for purpose” and highlights the need for a new structure in the aftermath of more than two million pandemic deaths, according to the WHO commision. The Independent Council, named by co-chairs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister, told the Executive Board that countries were slow to respond, noting “lost opportunities to apply basic public health measures at the earliest opportunity.”
The study advised countries to speed up testing, touch tracing and other public health initiatives to limit the transmission of the virus. The panel will submit its report to the World Health Assembly, the WHO decision-making body, in May.