WHO’s timeline on COVID-19
In December last year, a case of pneumonia from unknown cause surfaced in China.
This was reported to WHO’s China office.
The office in turn started monitoring the situation and also the further diagnosis.
On 4th January, 2020 WHO through his official tweeter handle informed the world that the researchers has begun testing to find the real cause behind it.
There were no deaths till then, as reported by China.
However, A tweeter handle and a few others also replied to this with a possibility of China hiding the facts
CCP lied … there were certainly deaths … they arrested doctors who tried to speak out. Tudros must resign … he is a dupe for the CCP.— Bleach Drinking Donny (@DukeR9420) April 30, 2020
From 9th January onward, WHO stared to issue guideline for countries.
Read the first Report (source: https://www.who.int/).
On 13th January, a very first case of corona virus infection confirmed outside China. on 21st January officials of WHO visited the epicenter of corona virus, Wuhan.
It is only on 23rd January, 2020 WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened a very first meeting with Emergency committee.
Global public health emergency
The Committee advised it to be too early to formally declare Global Health Emergency, Official known as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
The Global Health Emergency is finally declared inn Second meeting of the Emergency Committe of WHO, on 30th January, 2020 and named the disease being COVID-19 on 11th February.
Read the official Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee. and on 11th February, 2020, the disease was officially named as COVID-19. COVID-19 stands for ‘Corona Virus Disease and the numeric symbolize the year 2019‘ in which it came into existence.
In Munich security conference, WHO highlighted the danger associated with stigma that turns us against each other, hence called for solidarity.
Through out February and to this day also, WHO issues various guidance, programs and advisories to let countries listen and set their priorities accordingly.
on 27th April, 2020 WHO DG in a statement repeated its powerlessness to enforce their advisories. He added, countries’ willingness to accept or reject our guidance is all up to them.
“On 30th January, 2020 we declared the highest level of emergency, Global emergency., on COVID” WHO reiterates, and there were a handful cases elsewhere that too confined to a few countries.
He also mentioned that countries has advised to implement a comprehensive health approach, they have all the forces to do it. WHO asked to ‘FIND, TEST, ISOLATE, Do contact tracing so on and so forth.
WHO reaffirmed that it will continue to issue advisories based on science and evidence.
It is upto the Countries whether to take it or not.
People have mixed reactions
Majority of People has almost a similar kind of reaction to WHO’s approach towards fighting COVID-19 outbreak.
A Facebook user from Pakistan ‘Bachal Laghri’ replied to WHO’s Video:
“Thanks WHO but unfortunately many Nations including Pakistan failed to take proper action to protect lives of citizens n consistently facing great tragedy n losses “
A resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, United States wrote through his twitter handle:
“On January 30th, the WHO declared the epidemic a global emergency. So don’t allow them to blame the next 45 days of USA inaction on the WHO or China. That damage will be accessed at some point.”
A Facebook user named Sue Su, wrote:
“WHO* means World Health Organisation.It should advise everyone to wear masks from when it started from Wuhan and how it was handled from the onset of COVID19, PERIOD!”
WHO on International trade and travel ban
South China Morning Post reveals, WHO DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, himself in February denied to interfere in the matter of international travel and trade ban. He backed his statement with no reason surfaced to do this.
WHO criticized the conservative PM of Australia for cutting off travel and trade prior to WHO announcement