WHO envoy on COVID-19 erupts: There is global leadership vacuum while the world faces its biggest crisis

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.

David Nabarro. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images 
David Nabarro. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

“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.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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