6 months after declaration of a global emergency, World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee met today, Friday, for fourth time to assess situation of Corona pandemic, which “will continue to have effects for decades to come,” according to WHO DirectorGeneral.
The committee consists of about twenty members and counselors and can make new recommendations, or amend ors, with expectation that state of emergency will undoubtedly be preserved at a time when virus has left more than 17 million infections and more than 660 deaths worldwide.
“This epidemic represents a health crisis that will be repeated only once per century, and its effects will remain in place for decades to come,” WHO DirectorGeneral Tidros Adhanom Gebresos said at start of meeting.
When World Health Organization declared a global emergency on January 30, “re were less than a hundred infections, and re were no deaths outside of China,” in which virus appeared, according to Tidros Adhanum Gebresus, defending organization’s performance.
The organization has been widely criticized for its delay in declaring a state of emergency, while new Corona virus was detected for first time at end of last December in China.
The United States called organization a “puppet” in Beijing’s hands and officially began withdrawing from it in July.
The organization was blamed for late or contradictory recommendations, in particular on use of masks or specific methods of infection with virus.
“Our organization responded immediately and we have mobilized all of our energy to act and report,” said technical director of pandemic management cell, Maria Van Kerkhof, at a press conference on Monday.
But doctor, Michael Ryan, in charge of emergency who was standing by her, admitted that he was surprised by “slow” movement in some countries that have robust health systems.
“Perhaps we have erred in assessing effectiveness of se systems,” he said.