We can be quite confident that the situation in these countries is real, because Covid-19 is not subtle. The exponential growth of a disease that leaves highly infectious people in hospital for weeks inevitably means the end of your health care system in two months and a widespread panic that leads to economic collapse. Other cases have also raised questions about what could be “reasonably justified” related to preventing the spread of coronavirus. Claude Posala, a chief medical officer who spoke out on health issues, lost his job on April 6 for allegedly violating Regulation 26 because his social media posts were “incendiary against the government.” But something else happened that was only belatedly appreciated. After the government observed what had happened in Italy, the top priority was to ensure that national health services were not overwhelmed by desperate patients in need of intensive treatment. The place of the NHS in British life has made it a popular choice. Every Thursday at 8 p.m., people took to the streets to applaud the health workers. Exceptional efforts have been made to prepare for incoming cases and even build new hospitals in a matter of days. If nations are in the middle of a race to develop effective vaccines and therapeutic drugs, there will be only losers, not winners. The threat of the new coronavirus has no limits. Only a well-coordinated global plan, which uses the best science and provides it to all who need it, can effectively combat the Covid 19 scourge and future pandemics.
Before the global shutdown, Asia had already experienced the increasingly dominant force of geopolitical competition between the major powers. An ambitious China clearly wanted to take its place as the most important power in the region, while the United States accepted the challenge and declared that this competition should be at the heart of its strategic policy. In the case of Covid-19, from 31 December 2019 to 3 January 2020 in Wuhan, China, the WHO China Country Office was informed of pneumonia of unknown origin. On 21 January 2020, WHO released its first report on the situation of Covid 19, in which it outlined the sequence of events that finally culminated in the first meeting of the WHO Emergency Relief Committee on 22 January. A critical provision of the international health regulation is to assess that a situation constitutes a “public health emergency of international interest”, the characteristics of which are the existence of an exceptional event which, according to regulations, is considered a public health risk to other states due to the international spread of diseases and which may require a coordinated international response (Article 1).