David Nabarro, an envoy for the World Health Organization on COVID-19, said on Tuesday there is no global leadership while the planet faces its biggest crisis.
“The people of the world actually should be going completely crazy with anger. There should be a petition of 500 million people to the world leaders saying, ‘What on Earth are you doing?'”
“We have the biggest crisis of all time in many of our livelihoods and you’re squabbling. You’re squabbling over whether World Health Organization should be killed or kept alive when the world needs the World Health Organization more than ever.”
President Donald Trump, instead of helping the WHO tackle the COVID-19 crisis and testing positive on leadership, has tried to weaken it, including withdrawing funding from the organization.
He has accused WHO leadership of being too “China-centric” and of downplaying the crisis at the beginning, allegations rejected by most health experts in the world, including by the WHO response timeline.
While Mr Trump has been looking for someone to blame for his bungled response in the United States, the WHO remains the only global institution capable of targeting infectious diseases at a worldwide level.