Head of WHO promises review of covid-19 response

World Grigory Matyunin 18-May-2020
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The head of the World Health Organisation stated today that an independent review of the response to covid-19 would be undertaken at the earliest available opportunity.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made this statement at the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly. The President of China backed the proposal and defended his own country’s response to the crisis. “All along we have acted with openness and transparency and responsibility,” President Xi Jinping stated.

US President Donald Trump had previously been in frontline criticising both the WHO’s and China’s actions during the pandemic. Strong disagreements between Washington and the WHO led to the withdrawal of American funding from the organisation.

“We all have lessons to learn from the pandemic. Every country and every organisation must examine its response and learn from its experience. WHO is committed to transparency, accountability and continuous improvement,” Tedros said.

A resolution drafted by the European Union and supported widely throughout the world has called for an independent review of the WHO’s performance throughout the crisis.

China was previously hostile towards proposals to review the origin and spread of the coronavirus, however, Xi Jinping now seems to be more open to an impartial review.