Even as countries around the globe are engaged in battling the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, questions are being raised at the efficacy of the World Health Organization (WHO) — a specialized agency of the UN responsible for international public health.

While the patient zero, Wei Guixian, reported infected lungs last year on Dec. 10 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it took the world body almost three months to declare the disease a global pandemic and nearly a month to recognize it as an international medical emergency. Therefore, it took considerable time for the WHO and then to the

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