The World Health Organisation should be stripped of its responsibilities to warn about future pandemics after its failures over coronavirus, David Cameron warned today.

The former prime minister called for the WHO’s current role to be given to a new body, saying it had been too concerned about upsetting China early on in the crisis, and too slow to warn the rest of the world.

He suggested the creation of a new Global Virus Surveillance Organisation and urged the G20 to discuss it when it meets in Saudi Arabia in November.

‘The current system fails in two ways. The WHO relies on countries telling it about emerging viruses. Then the world relies on the WHO telling everyone else,’ he wrote in an article in the Times.

‘But countries are often reluctant to share for reasons of politics, pride and capacity. And the WHO seems slow to react, mostly for the same reasons. 

‘Hence, while it undertakes much good work and did make important interventions on Covid, overall it was still too slow and too worried about upsetting important countries, particularly China.

The former prime minister called for the WHO's current role to be given to a new body, saying it had been too concerned about upsetting China early on in the crisis, and too slow to warn the rest of the world.

The former prime minister called for the WHO's current role to be given to a new body, saying it had been too concerned about upsetting China early on in the crisis, and too slow to warn the rest of the world.

The former prime minister called for the WHO’s current role to be given to a new body, saying it had been too concerned about upsetting China early on in the crisis, and too slow to warn the rest of the world.

He called for the creation of a new Global Virus Surveillance Organisation and urged the G20 to discuss it when it meets in Saudi Arabia in November.

He called for the creation of a new Global Virus Surveillance Organisation and urged the G20 to discuss it when it meets in Saudi Arabia in November.

He called for the creation of a new Global Virus Surveillance Organisation and urged the G20 to discuss it when it meets in Saudi Arabia in November.

‘I believe we can either try to fix the whole system – including the WHO – from start to finish (which, given the size of such a task and the politics involved, would almost certainly fail). Or we can try to fix the first and most vital part: scanning the world for viruses and making sure that information is shared rapidly.’

China is believed to have been the ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak.  But it has been dogged by allegations that it emerged much earlier than Beijing has claimed, and authorities did not raise the alarm.

China appears to have tamed a new outbreak of the coronavirus in its capital, once again demonstrating health officials’ ability to quickly mobilise vast resources by testing nearly 2.5 million people in 11 days.

However, elsewhere in the world, cases are surging.

India reported a record daily increase of nearly 16,000 new cases, and Mexico, where testing rates have been low, also set a record with more than 6,200 new cases.

In the US, increases over the past few days have jumped close to the level of the outbreak’s previous peak in April. Several states have set single-day records, including Arizona, California, Mississippi, Nevada and Texas.

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