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The UN’s World Health Organisation's (WHO's) core mandate is to be found in Article 23(f) of the Covenant of the League of Nations, the UN’s predecessor, which enjoined member states to “endeavour to take steps in matters of international concern for the prevention and control of disease”.

Today, however, the WHO is more concerned with enabling governments around the world to paternalistically control the lifestyle choices of their people. This diversion of attention has arguably caused the WHO to make monumental mistakes that place public health, especially in less developed regions, in grave danger...

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