Bloomberg News  |  June 30, 2016

The situation shows that the one global health authority charged with battling epidemics isn’t equipped for the challenge, said Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown Law.

“If you look at its record in response to diseases, whether it’s yellow fever, Ebola, now Zika, you’ll find that they constantly underestimate the amount that it will cost, and then are unable to mobilize the funding for the small amounts that they even said they need,” Gostin said. The WHO “doesn’t have the political clout or leadership to actually get donors and particularly countries to invest in ongoing crises.”

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