- The report cited 'massive global failures' in prevention, transparency, and public health practices.
- Authors said countries must adopt a 'vaccination-plus' strategy and strengthen health systems.
- The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates more than 17.2 million global deaths
More than two years after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, a group of renowned experts are calling out international leaders over how they failed to prevent world's deadliest outbreak.
Key findings: In The Lancet Commission published Wednesday, authors detailed “massive global failures” that led to more than 6.9 million reported deaths and ultimately an estimated 17.2 million deaths, as reported by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Some highlights:
- They found widespread failures in prevention, transparency, basic public health practices, and international cooperation and solidarity.
- Authors argued governments were too slow to respond to COVID-19, paid little attention to vulnerable communities, and fueled misinformation with lackluster or confusing messaging.
- Ending the pandemic will require all countries to adopt a “vaccination-plus" strategy, work simultaneously with other nations, and strengthen national health systems and preparedness plans, the authors say.