Covid: The response to the pandemic is “a global collective failure”, says “The Lancet”

La majorité des gouvernements ont eux aussi tardé à reconnaître l'importance du virus et ont été trop timides dans leurs interventions, selon les experts du Lancet

Posted September 15, 2022 at 1:06 pm Updated September 15, 2022 at 2:28 pm It’s a coincidence of the calendar. On Wednesday, as the head of the World Health Organization believed that the world had never been in such a good position to end the Covid-19 pandemic, the prestigious scientific journal “The Lancet” published a report that pointed out pointing the finger at the way the pandemic has been managed globally. The observation summarized by Jeffrey Sachs, chairman of this commission and professor at Columbia University, is very severe. “The staggering death toll in the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic is a profound tragedy and a massive social failure on many levels,” said Jeffrey Sachs, a professor at Columbia University and chair of the commission. created by the scientific magazine. A collective failure For two years, this commission, made up of thirty global experts in public policy, international governance, epidemiology, vaccinology, economics, international finance and mental health, analyzed responses to the pandemic. A hundred experts have also contributed, on a non-permanent basis, and after reviewing nearly 500 studies and reports, the members of the commission conclude that there has been a collective global failure in the way the world has dealt with the pandemic. “Too many governments have failed to meet the basic standards of rationality and institutional transparency; too many people have protested against basic public health measures, often influenced by misinformation; too many nations have failed to promote global collaboration to control the pandemic,” said Jeffrey Sachs. Political pressure did not make his job any easier. Starting with Trump deciding that the United States should leave the WHO. But also the recurring tensions between Washington and Beijing over the origin of the vaccine that have helped to undermine the WHO’s credibility with the public, but, or because of that, the WHO has acted too carefully and too slowly.” Lancet “. Especially when it comes to recognizing the way the virus is transmitted and therefore recommending the use of a mask. But also to declare the state of pandemic (which occurred in March 2020) and publish the applicable protocols to international travel Millions of deaths that could have been avoided the importance of the virus and were too timid in their interventions.Except presumably those who had faced other outbreaks of serious respiratory diseases in the past.The regions of the P Western Pacific, East Asia and Oceania “responded urgently and adopted strategies aimed at eliminating the virus”, the authors note. Before estimating that if countries had opted for this approach, “it would have been possible to stop the disease without resorting to prolonged closures and confinements and the cessation of international travel.” All of these failures or mistakes have led to millions of avoidable deaths, the commission says. report, which is based on data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). According to the latter, if no less than 6.9 million deaths had been officially registered on May 31, the real number of deaths would be at least double The risk of a new variant The end of the pandemic is – is closed for all this, as the head of the WHO claims? The experts of the “Lancet” commission are less enthusiastic. Only better multilateral cooperation will end the pandemic, they say. Not to mention that the risk of a new variant emerging remains high and there are uncertainties about the long-term duration of immunity induced by vaccination and infection, so they suggest that countries adopt a “vaccination strategy” which would include mass vaccination. , promotion of mask use, support for people affected by a long Covid and better support for less favored countries to acquire Covid-19 vaccines: key figures of the epidemic in France
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