In order to assess the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the WHO and the response by governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), on July 9, said that it has set up an independent panel to review the same.
In a virtual meeting with diplomats, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation, an honest evaluation.”
Per the information made available by the WHO, the independent panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of Health Ministers in November and present a “substantive report” in May, 2021.
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to head the review panel.
In addition, the WHO issued a statement saying that the review was linked to the WHO’s 194 member countries demand for an evaluation of the global response in May, 2020.