Some countries should have listened more carefully, Reuters reports, when the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency in January 2020, according to Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert.
But but but . . . WHO first described the coronavirus as a “pandemic” for the first time on March 11, which is 6 weeks later, and no matter how you cut it, that took way, way too long to cry “fire” in a burning theatre.
So, when asked if the organisation should have used the term “pandemic” sooner, Ryan, in typical CYA fashion, which is in totally in keeping with bureaucratic self-preservation everywhere you look, said: “Maybe we needed to shout louder, but maybe some people need hearing aids.”
A little humble mumble of “Well, we didn’t exactly shine here, did we?” would certainly be far closer to the truth, and would perhaps help restore the shattered image of WHO just a tad.