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U.N. panel says WHO must reform now or endanger thousands of lives

Written by: | | Dated: Monday, February 8th, 2016


“This may be last opportunity to ensure the WHO is empowered” to build an effective emergency response capacity, warned an advance unedited copy of the UN panel’s report, made available online over the weekend in a link on the UN’s daily Journal website.

“The high risk of major health crises is widely underestimated and … the world’s preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient,” the report said. “If the WHO does not successfully reform, the next major pandemic will cause thousands of otherwise preventable deaths.”


(Reporting by Kate Kelland; editing by Ben Hirschler and Katharine Houreld)

Source: Reuters Health

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