The WHO in the Age of the Coronavirus
17 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2020
Date Written: July 13, 2020
The responses of states and the WHO to the COVID-19 pandemic reveal the considerable weaknesses of international organizations. Although the Trump Administration has misdiagnosed the ills of the WHO, that organization has indeed failed to meet the public health threat posed by the coronavirus. The WHO’s responses to the current crisis demonstrate that it shares five disorders common to other UN system expert-driven organizations. It is hampered by its dependence on states, a singular reliance on ‘managerial’ approaches to enforcement, inflexible declarations of emergency, the absence of regularized systems for inter-regime collaboration, and common bureaucratic pathologies.
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