COVID-19 pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned report

Experts say there were serious failures in WHO's response, including delay in declaring COVID-19 a public health emergency

The coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented and millions of deaths avoided if the WHO and global leaders had responded with greater urgency, an independent review panel says.

Helen Clark
Helen Clark.

Describing it as the 21st century’s “Chernobyl moment”, the panel commissioned by WHO said a failure to heed the lessons from COVID-19 would “condemn the world to successive