Anam N Ehsan, Kee B Park, Manon Pigeolet
The Lancet, Volume 399, Issue 10333, P1380-1381, April 09, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00521-9
In The Lancet Correspondence:
An estimated 28 million surgeries were cancelled worldwide during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number which might now be as high as 115 million—more than a third of all surgeries annually.1, 2 We applaud the work of WHO over the past 2 years in managing and reducing the impacts of the pandemic, but are critical about the efforts taken to mitigate the impact of cancelled surgeries despite the recognition of surgery as an essential part of universal health coverage. Given the unequal impacts the pandemic has had across clinical disciplines, countries, and populations, we strongly support the development of a binding worldwide pandemic treaty.
Read the full letter in The Lancet.