An independent panel of international experts today reported that a massive outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (a Chinese communist virus) could have been avoided, but the failure of governments to respond immediately and inadequate coordination led to negligent warning signs.
According to the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR), a series of poor decisions have resulted in COVID-19 killing at least 3.3 million people to date and causing severe damage to the global economy.
In its long-awaited final report, the IPPR said the system “failed to protect people” and that leaders who ignored science shattered public trust in public health care.
The independent panel noted that the initial response to the outbreak discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 was “lacking in urgency” and that countries failed to heed the warning signs, making February 2020 a costly “missed month.
The independent panel called on the richest countries to donate one billion doses of vaccine to the poorest countries to combat the current outbreak. It also called on the world’s wealthiest countries to fund a new organization dedicated to the next pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) resolved last May to establish an independent panel to initiate an impartial, independent and comprehensive assessment of the international health and WHO response to COVID-19.