Weaknesses Laid Bare

For all the WHO’s prominence amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis has highlighted some core weaknesses of the organization.
 
For one, its guidance to countries is non-binding—and its fundamentally global approach to health is increasingly threatened by growing nationalist sentiments, writes Stephen Buranyi in The Guardian.
 
The Trump administration and others have slammed WHO for mirroring China’s narrative of the pandemic even when it proved woefully inaccurate—like downplaying the likelihood of sustained transmission early on in the outbreak, The Atlantic reports.
 
But are these conspiracies to support China, or fundamental weaknesses? After all, the information WHO puts out is only as good as what member states offer up. “North Korea, for instance, has reported absolutely no coronavirus cases, and the WHO isn’t really in a position to say otherwise,” writes Kathy Gilsinan.

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