Lack Of Global Leadership Prolonging Pandemic, Herd Immunity ‘Not An Option’ In Control Strategies, WHO DG Says

Financial Times: WHO chief says lack of global leadership has prolonged pandemic
“A lack of leadership from global powers had prolonged the coronavirus pandemic, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Monday as he called on the world’s biggest economies to ‘step up’…” (Wilson/Pilling, 10/12).

U.N. News: Herd immunity, an ‘unethical’ COVID-19 strategy, Tedros warns policymakers
“Using the principle of so-called ‘herd immunity’ to stem the COVID-19 pandemic is ‘unethical’ and ‘not an option’ countries should pursue to defeat the virus, the U.N. health agency chief warned on Monday. ‘Herd immunity is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached,’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), told the agency’s regular press briefing in Geneva…” (10/12).

Wall Street Journal: As Covid Cases Surge, More Public-Health Experts Say Lockdowns Aren’t the Answer
“As Covid-19 cases surge across large parts of Europe and the U.S., officials are reluctant to force another round of nationwide lockdowns of the sort imposed in March. But this time — unlike in the spring — public-health experts broadly and increasingly agree, with some worried that the general public won’t cooperate with another monthslong, generalized lockdown against a disease whose transmission is now much better understood. The World Health Organization has long favored interventions that come with less economic and social disruption than lockdowns, recommending that governments pursue a strategy called ‘test, trace, isolate,’ of sequestering people exposed to the virus. … Still, in recent days, WHO leaders have become more vocal in their encouragements that governments could do more to improve public-safety measures that would reduce the need for a second round of nationwide lockdowns…” (Hinshaw/Colchester, 10/12).

Additional coverage of WHO’s warnings is available from AP, Forbes, Fox News, Reuters, VOA News, and Washington Times.

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