WORLD HEATH ORGANIZATION
One of the biggest criticisms of the UN's WHO in 2020, was Covid 19. How did this happen. How was China allowed to release a virus all over the world that would be harmful to humans?
The answer, much as we applaud the achievements of the UN, is that they were not prepared, and not prepared to act. Being prepared means having a plan, and a plan to implement at the drop of a hat.
The World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations was lambasted for being far too slow to observe and respond to what became the largest Ebola epidemic yet known, in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.
In the years before, donor countries to the WHO had slashed the funds available, particularly hitting the division responsible for surveilling, monitoring, preparing for, and responding to possible epidemics.
It does not bode well for the next potential pandemic.
Is there a cure? Maybe not a cure, but controls, that do not exist at present for lack of vision. The UN Watchdogs believe that a lot more could be done, that at the moment there is no sign of. We may be wrong, but there is no flag waving publicity of an impending cure, or even persistent monitoring. But is could be a reality, not for coronavirus, because the lead time is too long, but for the next time - and we must be ready.
If that means increasing funds from donor countries, the Members should think about the cost of dealing with Covid 19 in 2020, and 2021.
Globally, as of 3:49pm CEST, 21 July 2020, there have been 14,562,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 607,781 deaths, reported to WHO.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China, and has resulted in an ongoing pandemic due to the failure of China and the UN's World Health Organization to contain the virus. Chinese airports, seaports, rail and road borders should have been closed immediately to protect their neighbors from infection. It is like a scene from James Bond movie, but more scary, because it is real.
TOXIC OCEAN PLASTIC
Just as dangerous as Covid 19, carcinogenic micro plastic is bio-accumulating in fish stocks in every ocean. If the WHO had not taken action many years ago in case of pandemics, what chance have we got against humans being slowly poisoned by contaminated fish.
WHO Headquarters in Geneva
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