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Wed May 12, 2021, 08:45 PM

World Could Have Prevented COVID- 19 Catastrophe: Pandemic Panel

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Source: CTVNews

10 hrs ago. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- The catastrophic scale of the COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented, an independent global panel concluded Wednesday, but a "toxic cocktail" of dithering and poor co-ordination meant the warning signs went unheeded. The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response said a series of bad decisions meant COVID-19 went on to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and devastate the global economy.

Institutions "failed to protect people" and science-denying leaders eroded public trust in health interventions, the IPPPR said in its long-awaited final report. Early responses to the outbreak detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 "lacked urgency," with February 2020 a costly "lost month" as countries failed to heed the alarm, said the panel. To tackle the current pandemic, it called on the richest countries to donate a billion vaccine doses to the poorest. And the panel also called on the world's wealthiest nations to fund new organisations dedicated to preparing for the next pandemic.

'DELAY, HESITATION AND DENIAL' Requested by World Health Organization (WHO) member states last May, the report, "COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic", argued that the global alarm system needed overhauling to prevent a similar catastrophe. "We have identified failures at every stage and we do believe that it could have been possible to prevent this pandemic," panel co-chair and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said. "We cannot simply point to one individual who is ultimately responsible," she said.

The report said the emergence of COVID-19 was characterised by a mixture of "some early and rapid action, but also by delay, hesitation, and denial. "Poor strategic choices, unwillingness to tackle inequalities and an unco-ordinated system created a toxic cocktail which allowed the pandemic to turn into a catastrophic human crisis." The threat of a pandemic had been overlooked and countries were woefully unprepared to deal with one, the report found...

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/world-could-have-prevented-covid-19-catastrophe-pandemic-panel-1.5424550



According to the panel, on Jan. 22, 2020 the WHO could have declared the situation a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) -- the highest level of alarm. But it waited eight more days to do so.

But because of countries' relative inaction, "we might still have ended up in the same place," said Helen Clark, former New Zealand prime minister and the other chairwoman for the report. In March the WHO deemed the crisis a pandemic which prompted nations into action.
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- France24, 'COVID-19 Catastrophe Could Have Been Prevented Says Expert Panel,
https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20210512-covid-19-catastrophe-could-have-been-prevented-says-expert-panel

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:29 PM

1. Why are we not surprised?

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Wed May 12, 2021, 10:50 PM

2. No surprise to most of us who have seen the "success" of policies to stop Fascist

Violence and Global Warming. Oh wait, those things never succeeded either.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 11:13 PM

3. I think the real message is, 'here's what we did wrong this time"

(and the many things we could have done better). Now -- will we be capable (and ready) to do better the next time?

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Wed May 12, 2021, 11:20 PM

4. "Science denying leaders".....

Let me think...... did the U.S. of A. have any "science denying leaders"?

Why yes, yes we did! Donald Dumpf was our science denying leader, although he was never much of a leader. He was more of a deflector than a leader. I hope one day the authorities deflect his fat ass right into a prison cell.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 12:22 AM

5. Can you imagine if they had responded to Ebola in the same way?

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 01:27 AM

6. Yeah well look at the list of preferred world leaders in 2020.

How did we get here? It was Trump, Johnson, Bolsonaro, Modi, Duterte, Erdogan, Xianping... I could go on and on. It wasn't just one person as to how we got here, it was a global clusterfuck of stupidity and incompetence.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Thu May 13, 2021, 01:35 AM

7. Exactly, you said just what I was thinking-

the Global Fascist League of 'Leaders'

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #7)

Thu May 13, 2021, 10:17 AM

8. Or as I like to call them, "The Injustice League".

I'll show myself out.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Thu May 13, 2021, 12:14 PM

11. Do we have social media to thank for getting that crew of crap leaders elected?

Seems like the one thing that is common among all countries now is increased usage of social media and people getting involved with stupid internet conspiracy theories.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 10:54 AM

9. U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak

"The Trump administration cut staff by more than two-thirds at a key U.S. public health agency operating inside China, as part of a larger rollback of U.S.-funded health and science experts on the ground there leading up to the coronavirus outbreak,"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-cdc-exclusiv/exclusive-u-s-slashed-cdc-staff-inside-china-prior-to-coronavirus-outbreak-idUSKBN21C3N5

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 11:51 AM

10. In other words....Trump, Bolsonaro and Modi.

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