GSL Director Discusses Criticism of WHO’s Handling of COVID-19 in CBC Article

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

On April 30, GSL Director Steven Hoffman was quoted in a CBC News article on the World Health Organization’s (WHO handling of the current COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, criticism of the global health agency has continued to become popular.

In the article, Hoffman pushed back against this criticism explaining that the WHO has continuously been tasked with new responsibilities without being given additional resources. At the root of the problem, however, Hoffman sees the UN agency’s institutional design. The WHO is not an independent entity but is instead acting on behalf of its member states. So if any criticism is to be levied against the WHO, according to Hoffman, it is essentially a reflection of “national governments’ inability to create the kind of strong public health agency that the world needs in this globalized era.”

Read the full article here.


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