U.N. Corruption, Bungling Is Deadly

One wonders whether those who bungled a United Nations health initiative understand people may have died – no, probably died, and perhaps in large numbers – as a result of the failures.

In February, the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., shipped more than six million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Angola. Yellow fever remains a deadly threat to many Africans.

But later, it was determined about a million doses “had mysteriously disappeared,” The Associated Press reported. Some of the vaccines were sent to areas of Angola where there were no yellow fever cases. Others may have been ruined through lack of refrigeration. Still more of the vaccine was virtually useless in areas that did receive it – because no one there had syringes to administer it.

That was in February. Now, there is a severe shortage of yellow fever vaccine in Angola and surrounding areas.

It has been clear for many years that corruption and incompetence are rampant at the U.N., with much of it supported by Americans’ tax dollars.

Yet we keep flushing our money down that hole – because we are told how much many underdeveloped regions of the world need our help.

How many died because no one at the U.N. cared enough to manage the vaccine program properly? Do W.H.O. officials even care enough to find out?