Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark will head a brand new World Health Organization panel tasked with giving an evaluation of the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the pinnacle of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned Thursday.
“The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself. Rather, it’s the lack of leadership and solidarity at the global and national levels”, Tedros mentioned as he introduced the appointments to the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
“I cannot imagine two more strong-minded, independent leaders to help guide us through this critical learning process to help us understand what happened – an honest assessment – and to help us understand also what we should do to prevent such a tragedy in the future”, he added.
Tedros urged the panel would have an unbiased administration, replace member states recurrently on its progress and maintain month-to-month conferences: “This cannot be another blue-ribbon panel that issues a report that goes up on the bookshelf. We must come together in a global conversation to take these hard-won lessons and turn them into action”, he mentioned.
The United States authorities on Tuesday mentioned it’s formally withdrawing from the WHO. President Donald Trump earlier accused the company of changing into a puppet for China throughout the pandemic. With its annual contributions of $400-$500 million, the US was the WHO’s largest donor.