UNITED NATIONS - The planet is paying a heavy price due to countries ignoring the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) in fighting the pandemic, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.
"Different countries have followed different, sometimes contradictory strategies and we are all paying a heavy price," the secretary-general told a virtual meeting of the WHO's World Health Assembly from New York.
"We have seen some solidarity, but very little unity, in our response to COVID-19."
Since many countries had ignored the WHO's recommendations, "the virus has spread across the world and is now moving into the global South, where its impact may be even more devastating".(FA)