WHO Director-General promises review of global pandemic response

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Date of Publication: May 18, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has announced the WHO will perform an inquiry into its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly on May 18, where a draft resolution was sponsored by the European Union and reached the necessary two-thirds of support from the WHO’s member states, including all EU members and all African states, as well as Canada, Japan and Britain. Based on the recommendation of a seven-person advisory committee, of which Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam is a member, the inquiry will occur after the WHO has finished responding to the pandemic in order not to interfere with its efforts. Although China is not one of the countries listed in support of the resolution, President Xi Jinping has announced he is in favour of a WHO-led review and has also agreed to contribute $2 billion USD for global COVID-19 efforts. The United States criticized the WHO’s response at the World Health Assembly, and previously in April, President Donald Trump decided to halt $400 million in financial support for the organization.

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Summary by: Helen Genis