Why WHO’s Emergency Powers for Virus Are Not ‘Fake’: QuickTake

The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee meets Thursday to once again consider whether to declare the coronavirus that emerged from Wuhan, China, as a “public health emergency of international concern.” The declaration is often referred to by its initials — PHEIC, pronounced “fake” — but the powers it carries are real. While governments and companies around the globe are already scrambling to contain the illness, the move by the global health watchdog could accelerate the response i