WHO has been confused by the US and has been mobilized since the advent of Covid-19 in late December in China. Back to the progress, the discoveries, the vagaries of the international organization, which today believe that the corona virus “could never disappear”
The United Nations health agency is being challenged by the US, which accuses it of being under the influence of China, while the latter is suspected by Washington of originating in the pandemic. What has the World Health Organization (WHO) done since the start of the pandemic? Retrospective.
The first home in Wuhan
The December 31, 2019, China reveals the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, in the Chinese province of Hubei. A total of 44 cases, including 11 with a serious illness, are counted. On January 1, 2020, the WHO activated a crisis management unit at its headquarters in Geneva and “placed the organization in emergency”.
The January 4th, WHO reports on social networks “the occurrence of a pneumonia outbreak – without death – in Wuhan”. The next day she gives her first newsletter about the virus.
The January 10, WHO publishes a technical guide for its 194 member countries on how to screen, test and manage potential cases. At that time, scientific data indicated “zero or limited transmission between humans and humans”.
“Risk of spread”
January 11, China transfers the genetic sequence of Covid-19 to WHO.
The January 14, Maria van Kerkhove, one of the people responsible for managing the epidemic at the WHO, acknowledges a possible “limited transmission between people” and that there is a risk of spread.
January 20-21, WHO experts from China and Western Pacific travel to Wuhan. On the 22nd, they note “the transfer between people in Wuhan, in the event of close contact”, but “more research is necessary to understand (…) the transfer”.
January 22 and 23 WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convenes an emergency committee to decide whether to declare a “public health crime of international concern”. The Committee could not reach agreement.
January 28, a WHO delegation goes to China. WHO and Chinese President Xi Jinping agree to send an international team of researchers to the site.
From emergency to pandemic
30th of January, WHO declares the new coronavirus epidemic as a “public health crime of international concern”.
– World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 30, 2020
From February 16 to 24, a scientific assignment comes to Wuhan. On February 24, a team of experts from WHO and ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control) travel to Italy, which after China becomes the epicenter of the epidemic in the world.
11th of March, The WHO explains the pandemic when “90% of cases are counted in only four countries, 81 countries have reported no cases and 57 countries have reported 10 cases or less”.
April 24 The WHO calls on its member states to accelerate the development, production and distribution of treatments and vaccines and to guarantee general access to therapeutics.
April 27WHO urges those countries that begin their deconfinance to test, isolate and treat while ensuring compliance with physical distance measures, under penalty of having to face a second wave of pollution.
May 14, lWHO estimates that the new corona virus “can never disappear” and become a disease that humanity will need to learn to live with.