The world is still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic after our lives drastically changed back in 2020. People are putting their trust in vaccines and viable treatments, although a lot of controversies are surrounding the issues.
For instance, as we already reported, Pfizer has been making headlines lately due to some issues that have been popping up around their vaccine.
Also, we addressed Pfizer’s experimental oral drug that treats Covid-19 at the very first sign that will be available by the end of this year, the company’s CEO said.
Also, check out interesting news about Pfizer’s second vaccine dose.
WHO releases an unexpected statement about the pandemic
The WHO just released quite an unexpected statement about the pandemic.
The Guardian just noted that the covid pandemic was a preventable disaster that need not have cost millions of lives if the world had reacted more quickly, according to an independent high-level panel, which included global leaders and called for major changes to bring it to an end and ensure it cannot happen again.
The report of the panel, which was chaired by Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia, found “weak links at every point in the chain”.
According to the notes, the preparation was underfunded and inconsistent, and the alert system was too slow. It’s been also said that the World Health Organization was under-powered.
More than that, the online publication mentioned above concluded that the response has exacerbated inequalities. “Global political leadership was absent,” the report said.
Clark described February 2020 as “a month of lost opportunity to avert a pandemic, as so many countries chose to wait and see”.
She continued and said: “For some, it wasn’t until hospital ICU beds began to fill that more action was taken,” she said. “And by then, it was too late to avert the pandemic impact. What followed then was a winner takes all scramble for PPE and therapeutics. Globally, health workers were tested to their limits and the rates of infection, illness, and death soared and continue to soar.”