USNWC: "A HEALTHY DOSE OF REALISM: STOPPING COVID-19 DOESN’T START WITH THE WHO"

DrLeftover

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There’s a proven approach to combating the global threat of the novel coronavirus. It was used to eradicate smallpox during the Cold War. Rather than relying on the World Health Organization (WHO), success depends on a “great-power concert.” Today, this means concerted action by the United States and China.

Concerted action is difficult given long-standing tensions between these great powers. In addition to their trade war and military rivalry, the United States and China have traded ugly allegations about COVID-19, including racist rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Working together is particularly contentious during the U.S. presidential campaign. It could involve uncomfortable compromises, such as sidestepping the WHO or turning a blind eye to China’s disastrous cover-up of COVID-19.

Despite these difficulties, concerted action serves the national interests of both China and the United States. It’s also one of the only ways to marshal a global response to this pandemic. In contrast, the WHO lacks the material power required to have much independent effect, even if its funding wasn’t threatened by the Trump administration.
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Frank L. Smith III is director of the Cyber & Innovation Policy Institute at the U.S. Naval War College.
 

Kaunisto

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During Cold War the superpowers had considerably more influence over rest of the world.
I'd say now we need an "orchestra" rather than just US and China in concert and that practically means something like... WHO.
 

DrLeftover

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During Cold War the superpowers had considerably more influence over rest of the world.
I'd say now we need an "orchestra" rather than just US and China in concert and that practically means something like... WHO.

IF the World Health Organization was Independent and Objective, I would agree.

It. Ain't.
 
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