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

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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.”

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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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1 COMMENT

  1. Leadership is solely lacking at WHO, which has become a slush box for big pharma, and. has its top positions through political appointments, a fat overpaid bureaucracy and has a management system has more globe trotting “Ambassadors” than the Roman Church, Russia, China and US combined.
    WHO managers have partaken of “patisan contract scandals” as any Mafia family.
    One does not get to lead in any such organization but by not rocking the boat with independent thinking, one does not get highest medical technocrats as it is more of managing departments , departments that have no more than data collectors and whose data depends upon the world’s politicly connected International Pharmaceutical Industry.
    WHO does not have worldwide respect, only respect is among other moribund thinking establishments that depend upon nations political financial donations. You get to be presented as leader because you raise funds.
    While I thoroughly Detest Trump as a human, he has far more leadership abilities than but 5 or 6 other international figures of today and all are as crooked as a dogs hind leg, Russia, China, N and S. Korea, Japan, Iran and Venezuela, with Maduro the most honorable of all.
    When SHTF is when true leadership emerges, and in todaysbworld US and Europe kill them off as fast as they arrive; leaving loyal puppy dogs to be called leaders.

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