(FiveNation.com)- A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization to review the preparedness and response in the wake of the COVID pandemic released its final report on May 12.
In it, the commission issued a scathing rebuke of countries worldwide for their sluggish response to the outbreak of the virus. The report claims nations waited too long to see how the virus was spreading before taking action which lead to catastrophic results.
According to the report, it wasn’t the WHO that was to blame; instead, international health laws “hindered” the WHO’s response to the pandemic.
It probably isn’t surprising that a panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization would try to place the blame somewhere other than on the WHO.
But some experts disagreed. They criticize the panel for failing to hold the WHO accountable for their own failure to act, calling it “an abdication of responsibility.”
And the one country not singled out in the report?
Lawrence Gostin, Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University called out the panel for these omissions.
The panel, Gostin said, “fails to call out bad actors like China, perpetuating the dysfunctional WHO tradition of diplomacy over frankness, transparency, and accountability.”
Instead of being critical of the Chinese Communist regime, the commission’s report praises China for being “quick to spot unusual clusters of pneumonia of unknown origin in late December 2019.”
The report makes no mention of the brave Chinese scientists who were silenced by the regime after attempting to raise the alarm about this novel coronavirus.
Despite the lack of criticism for both China and the WHO, the panel claims that “valuable time was lost” due to bottlenecks in formal notification and emergency declaration procedures which they conclude are “much too slow to generate the rapid and precautionary response required to counter a fast-moving new respiratory pathogen.”
According to the report, evidence shows that COVID-19 became a pandemic because of these “failures, gaps and delays in preparedness and response.”