Covid News LIVE updates: Lancet report highlights ‘massive global failures’ in COVID-19 response
Live Covid News updates: Widespread multi-level global failures in the response to COVID-19 have resulted in millions of preventable deaths and reversed progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new report from the Lancet COVID-19 Commission in numerous countries.
The Commission critically examines the global response to the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, citing widespread failures of prevention, transparency, rationality, basic public health practices, operational cooperation and of international solidarity which resulted in approximately 17.7 million deaths.
The report also finds that most national governments were unprepared and too slow in their response, paid too little attention to the most vulnerable groups in their societies, and were hampered by a lack of international cooperation and an epidemic of misinformation. .
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