Covid-19: WHO's to Blame?


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Apr 29 2020 52 mins   45

The World Health Organization (WHO) – the United Nations’ public health agency- has a mandate to establish global health policy, coordinate global responses to health emergencies, and combat disease.But just how well has WHO performed in relation to Covid-19? With a US$2 billion annual budget could it have done better? Did it make the right decisions? Should it have intervened faster and firmer? Indeed, had it intervened in China earlier could the whole pandemic have been averted?

These and other questions were considered by Patrick Basham, Founding Director of the Democracy Institute, in a webinar which has been repurposed for this podcast. Prefer visuals? Watch the original video here.To read Patrick Basham’s paper, which serves as the inspiration for this talk, please visit the Democracy Institute.