On May 19, World Health Organization member states has agreed to an independent probe into the UN agency’s response in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the World Health Assembly held virtually for the very first time on May 18 and May 19, the member states adopted a resolution by consensus urging a joint response to the crisis. The resolution was tabled by the European Union.
The resolution has called for an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the international response to the pandemic.
The member states of the WHO have also urged for an international probe into the origins of the novel corona virus and have agreed to push for equitable access for any treatments or vaccines developed against COVID-19.
The EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell and Health Chief, Stella Kyriakides issued a joint statement stressing that “an independent investigation of how this pandemic started and spread will be important… to strengthen our global preparedness for the future”.
Apart from it, the resolution also demands a probe of “the actions of WHO and their time-lines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The WHO Chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the call for a review, stressing that he would “initiate such an evaluation at the earliest appropriate moment”.
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