Preventing Pandemics Will Take More Than Good Ideas

0
17

Last week, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response released its long-awaited final report, “COVID-19: Make It the Last Pandemic.” Co-chaired by former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, the 13-member panel was established in September 2020 at the behest of the World Health Assembly to examine the global response to the coronavirus pandemic and propose improvements based on the lessons learned. Its final report offers several useful recommendations designed to create “a new system that is coordinated, connected, fast-moving, accountable, just and equitable.” What is missing is a strategy to achieve these reforms and any mechanism to enforce state compliance with them. The panel also undercuts its credibility by pulling its punches with regard to China’s initial failings at the outset of the pandemic that allowed it to spread globally.

The report documents…

Read more…