Health Minister to fund pandemic preparedness established by World Bank and WHO
by Alison Ryan
Health Minister Mark Butler and Treasurer Jim Chalmers have just committed Australia to funding pandemic preparedness. At the G20 Joint Finance and Health Ministers’ meeting, Health Minister Mark Butler and Treasurer Jim Chalmers committed Australia to supporting the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for pandemics that will be established by the World Bank.
The World Bank President David Malpass says that following approval from the World Bank’s Board by end of June, and together with donors, the WHO, and other stakeholders to develop the detailed scope and design of the FIF, they expect to launch the FIF in the third quarter of 2022.
With the global goggles on, all is done and dusted at the World Bank and the WHO. The FIF comes as a result of a January 2021 Report of the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response which was termed A Global Deal for Our Pandemic Age.
One conclusion stated that COVID-19 was not a black swan event. It may also constitute a dress rehearsal for a far worse pandemic, which could come at any time.
It appears that there is absolutely no soul searching from these international groups over the WHO’s failure to save lives during the covid regime.