At a meeting of G20 leaders on Thursday, World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared that his organization must be given more money and power to combat pandemics.
He made this demand while criticizing U.S. plans to establish an independent “global health fund,” insisting that the center of global “architecture” for pandemic response must be “a strong and sustainably financed W.H.O.” because his organization has a “unique mandate, unique technical expertise, and unique global legitimacy.”
“Any efforts to enhance the governance, systems, and financing of global health security can only succeed if they also enhance W.H.O.’s role,” he said.
Last week, W.H.O. demanded an additional $16 billion cash infusion from “wealthy countries” to pay their “fair share” by financing vaccination programs, testing, and protective equipment for developing countries.
The notion that W.H.O. has any “global legitimacy,” in the wake of its lethal incompetence handling the pandemic, would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic. An independent international panel headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark excoriated W.H.O. in January 2021, charging the organization with poor preparation for the pandemic and a clumsy response due to calcified bureaucracy and antiquated procedures. In addition, W.H.O. is currently grappling with serious allegations of racism and unethical behavior by some top officials.