E-Conclave: WHO was too willing to play down China's role in Covid-19 pandemic, says Thomas Friedman

E-Conclave: WHO was too keen to minimize China’s function in Covid-19 pandemic, says Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman additionally identified how WHO has been making a number of u-turns on its insights into Covid-19. (Photograph: AFP)

The World Well being Organisation has been panned universally for its dealing with of the Covid-19 outbreak, particularly its reluctance to carry China accountable. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Instances columnist Thomas Friedman agrees that the WHO has not carried out its function as a world physique totally.

Talking solely with India Immediately on the E-Conclave Corona Sequence, Thomas Friedman mentioned that the WHO downplayed China’s function within the pandemic.

“The WHO didn’t behave nicely right here. It was gradual to declare Covid-19 a pandemic. It was too keen to minimize china’s function within the emergence of the virus,” he mentioned.

Thomas Friedman additionally identified how WHO has been making a number of u-turns on its insights into Covid-19. “In the previous few days, it [WHO] has carried out one thing weird. It launched an announcement saying that for those who get the virus and purchase immunity then you’ll not be re-infected. A day later, it mentioned we aren’t you possibly can’t get this virus once more in case you are immune!” he mentioned.

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“If herd immunity can’t be developed, then why are we in search of a vaccine? A vaccine relies on supplying you with a small dose of the virus to construct your immunity. I do not know what the WHO is doing,” Thomas Friedman exclaimed.

Final week, The World Well being Group warned that recovering from coronavirus may not shield folks from reinfection. It mentioned that there was nonetheless no proof that individuals who check optimistic for the brand new coronavirus and get better are immunised and guarded in opposition to reinfection.

The warning got here as some governments research measures equivalent to “immunity passports” or paperwork for individuals who have recovered as one technique to get folks again to work after weeks of financial shutdown.

“There may be at present no proof that individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are shielded from a second an infection,” WHO mentioned in an announcement.

“Individuals who assume that they’re proof against a second an infection as a result of they’ve acquired a optimistic check consequence might ignore public well being recommendation,” it mentioned.

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