Former Pres. Sirleaf to Head WHO Covid-19 Review Panel

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Liberia's former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will co-chair a panel to review the global COVID-19 response.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president, and Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former prime minister, are to head a panel to review the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs. Sirleaf led Liberia during the Ebola epidemic that began in 2014, killing more than 11,000 people in West Africa. New Zealand has been lauded as a success story for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was time to reflect and to strengthen collaboration in order to contain the pandemic.

“Through you, the world will understand the truth of what happened and also the solutions to build our future better as one humanity,” the AFP news agency quoted Dr Tedros as saying.

The WHO has been under pressure for some time to review its handling of the pandemic, reports the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes from Geneva, where the organization is based.

It has faced criticism, most notably from the United States, that it was slow to respond to the initial outbreak in China, and that it was too close to the Chinese government, she says.

The evaluation announced by the WHO will look not just at the WHO’s response, but at the response of individual countries as well, our correspondent says.

Dr. Tedros said: “Together, we now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to prove to each other that we can be greater than the sum of our parts.”

He also warned that most countries did not yet have the virus under control, adding that the greatest threat was not in fact the virus itself, but lack of leadership in dealing with it.

Earlier this week, the US formally notified the UN of its intention to leave the WHO. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than three million people in the US have now tested positive for Covid-19, far more than in any other country.

More than 131,000 deaths have been reported in that country – and on Tuesday, July 7, the US broke its record for most new cases reported in one day.

6 COMMENTS

  1. NO Congratulations to this Old, Evil, Witch!!! She belongs in jail for masterminding the senseless murder of 250,000 Liberians and for mismanaging and looting Liberia for 12 years. WHO panel my foot. They really see her as an angel oh. She belongs in a jail cell right next to her brother and partner-in-crime Charles Taylor.

  2. Posted at 10:49 PM on Friday, July 10, 2020

    Yep. That’s my “girl”, “Auntie’ Ellen .

    Alive , still kicking, and making us proud .

    I urge readers to kindly visit the website of the
    ‘Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development’ at

    ejscenter(dot)org

  3. “Center for Women and Development” my foot. If she were so concerned about “Women Development”, why did she not groom a woman( Mary Broh, for example,) to succeed her but instead turn our country over to a foot-baller who cannot read or write. She is just showmanship. This old lady is not serious at all. She is very unpatriotic!!

  4. An incumbent-outgoing President rejecting the request from oneś VP, oneś political party, and the elite, to reverse the democratic choice of the electorate and the majority-the masses (whether for the young generation or the old generation) during a presidential election, is in no way, shape or form, “turning country over to anyone”!!!

    In fact, as far as the tenets of democracy and the dictates of the political values of constitutionalism, are concerned, an incumbent-outgoing president rejecting such satanic, and constitutionally criminal request, is on the part of such out-going president, an excellent assertion and demonstration of patriotism of the highest order!!!

  5. Mr. “True Nationalist”, I don’t know from what angle of the political spectrum you hail, but like Plato, I believe that “only Philosophers should become kings” as they possess a special knowledge, which is required to rule the Republic.

    The leader must possess both love of wisdom, and a willingness to live a simple life. Regrettably, our present leader does not have these qualities. He continues to build Mansions and is yet to account for the missing $25 million U.S. dollars, and 16 billion Liberia dollars. This, in no way shows that this leader is willing “to live a simple life” as envisaged by Plato, the renown political philosopher.

    Moreover, when I say Ellen “turned the country” over to one who cannot read or write, I mean she, as an incumbent, who should have lived above the fray during the elections and let the democratic process unfold itself by being neutral, was seen campaigning for this president using State’s funds. And now we are stuck with one who cannot read and write. Only God can now save us as a people!!!

  6. Mr. “Gballay Gotombo”, Take it or leave it! Philosophically, as the PRAGMATIST John Dewey propounds: “The truth is that which works!!!” Meaning, that platonic philosophy cannot work in the power-dynamics of any post-dinosaur era!!!

    Now, taking into account human nature, and the inevitability of the phenomenon of “change” or dynamism, hence, skeptical of them all – from Thales of Miletus of the Presocratics to Karl Marx of the materialists; I am ever guarded by my uncompromisable principle of never ever trusting a “tunnel vision” or “track thinking;”. These are philosophies (track thinking and tunnel vision) you seem to be comfortable with viz your platonic mindset!

    And the reason inter alia for such view on my part is simple! That is, even Platoś fellow academic (Socrates) argues that “politicians were/are the chief culprits of intellectual and academic pretense, and that most were/are unfit for political responsibilities!!!”

    And you know it, whether one is Major Fahnbulleh, Major Matthews, Major Sawyer, Major Matthews, Major Mayson, Major Tipoteh, Dr. Randolph McClain (NOCAL), Havard graduates, Dr. Elwood Dunn, etc.etc.!

    “Gballay Gotombo”, not to “talk about” the fact that that idea of ““only Philosophers should become kings” as they possess a special knowledge, which is required to rule the Republic” is anathema to such modern and post-modern political values as DEMOCRACY, CONSENT, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, EQUALITY,!

    My friend, such platonic thinking is both a political and judicial abomination or moral and political sacrilege to conceptual political ideologies, approaches, systems, structures, and levels, as liberalism, devolution, decentralization,representation,post.modernism,etc.etc.!!!

    It is as simple as that, “Gballay Gotombo”! And this is why there is no constitution within the comity and community of nations in which such platonic thinking or platonic philosophy is reflected; not to talk about even been a sine qua non for national leadership of the presidency.

    And it has to be that way! For the platonic philosophy of “only Philosophers should become kings as they possess a special knowledge, which is required to rule the Republic”, simply and only erect such systems of elitism, authoritarianism, despotism, tyranny, oligarchy, dictatorship, etc. etc.!

    Take it or leave it, “Gballay”, philosophically, as the PRAGMATIST John Dewey propounds: “The truth is that which works!!!” Meaning, that platonic philosophy cannot work in the power-dynamics of any post-dinosaur era!!!

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