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Challenges in WHO’s Response to Global Health Crises

Challenges in WHO's Response to Global Health Crises. Watch video to learn more.

In this video, we discuss the WHO’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight the delayed declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

It notes that some countries violated international health regulations with travel restrictions early in the pandemic. The effectiveness of these regulations is questioned, with an emphasis on the need for amendments and increased commitment to WHO in future global health crises.

Review Questions:

  • Why was there a delay in declaring COVID-19 as a PHEIC by the WHO, and what were the consequences of this delay?
  • How did some countries violate international health regulations during the early stages of the pandemic, and why did they do so?
  • What is the significance of countries reporting their minimum capacity for infectious disease control to the WHO, and how does this relate to their response to COVID-19?
  • What are the arguments and concerns raised about the WHO’s governance and its ability to lead global health responses in the future?
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