From my interview with Professor Dale Fisher, Chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) steering committee, World Health Organization (WHO) and other observations about the WHO, I have several concerns about the organisation’s way in handling this pandemic.
1. Why is the total focus on a vaccine, when SARs, Zika, Ebola and even AIDs were not resolvable through a vaccine. In fact, vaccine should be the last possible route.
2. Because of the focus on the vaccine, the only metered measures it has allowed itself is to lockdown worldwide, causing unprecedented economic turmoil.
3. Modified forms of herd immunity is an alternative approach, antiviral cocktails tested in Thailand, France and other places were found to have helped the death rates down even if it was not foolproof with the infections, and batch testing could have been ways to identify cases much quicker. The WHO was offering only one recourse and impatient with all other approaches.
4. The WHO’s main donor members are the United States followed by the Gates Foundation and several pharmaceutical companies. I would like to see greater corporate governance in terms of the business and investment interests of its key non-state members.
5. Why the almost total block-down of Taiwan, despite the fact that it demonstrated exemplary conduct in attending to the pandemic. The block-down is totally obvious and very unprofessional of WHO executives, including theone incident involving Bruce Alyward evading questions on the territory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlCYFh8U2xM
i am not saying that I am cognizant of all the facts, but the conduct of the WHO raises more questions than answers for me. Please view this video interview to see what I mean.