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The world failed to learn from the pandemic: Report

The world failed to learn from the pandemic: Report
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Ground Report | New Delhi: What learned from the pandemic; A global health monitor said on Tuesday that a year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic, the world has still done little to respond and has failed to learn from its mistakes.

In a report presented in Berlin, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an independent body set up by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, criticized continued failures in the global response to the pandemic.

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“If the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was defined by a collective failure to take preparedness seriously and act swiftly based on science, the second was marked by profound inequalities and failure of leaders,” the report said.

What learned from the pandemic

The report concluded that it has exposed a world that is “unequal, divided and unaccountable”. “The health emergency ecosystem reflects this broken world. It is not fit for purpose and needs major reform,” the report says. This report was presented at the Global Health Summit in Berlin. The number of deaths due to coronavirus is about to reach close to five million.

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Taking into account the high mortality rate directly and indirectly associated with Covid-19, WHO estimates that the overall death rate could be two to three times higher. There is a wide gap between rich and poor countries in terms of vaccination rates.

backward poor countries in terms of vaccine

World Trade Organization chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reported earlier this month that of the more than six billion vaccine doses administered worldwide, only 1.4 percent of people in poor countries have been fully vaccinated.

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“Scientific advances during COVID-19, especially the pace of vaccine development, give us reason to be proud,” GPMB co-chair Elhad SC wrote in the preface to the report. He goes on to write, “However, we should feel deeply ashamed of the many tragedies. Vaccine hoarding, the catastrophic lack of oxygen in low-income countries, the generation of children deprived of education, the breakdown of fragile economies and health systems, etc.”

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He also said that millions of deaths from the pandemic were “neither normal nor acceptable”. In a 2020 report, GPMB said the pandemic had already revealed how little the world had focused on preparing for such disasters, despite adequate warnings that major disease outbreaks were inevitable.

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