61 countries ask for probe into Coronavirus response by WHO.
At the World Health Assembly (WHA), a resolution was moved by 61 countries. In the resolution, the 61 countries asked for an “impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the response made by WHO, regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and also with regards to identifying the zoonotic source of the Coronavirus.
The World Health Assembly, is the decision-making body of WHO.
The United States of America had said that the Coronavirus pandemic had gone out of control, largely because of the failure of the WHO.
Without naming China, Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services said:
“In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world.”
Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said:
“On the issue of the origin of the virus, all parties have agreed to International Health Regulation emergency committee suggested wording and (asked) the WHO chief to work in close collaboration with World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, and all countries to find out the animal source and the transmission routes of the virus… The purpose is to reduce the risk of similar incidents in the future.”
With regards to whether or not China had agreed to a probe, Zhao said:
“China participated in the consultation on the draft resolution… The content is in line with China’s consistent position… China hopes all parties will in science-based and cooperative spirit focus on enhancing cooperation and engage in constructive dialogue in improving the global public health system.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organisation (WHO) said:
“I will initiate an independent evaluation at the earliest appropriate moment to review experience gained and lessons learned…”
The resolution by the 61 countries read:
“We are deeply concerned by the morbidity and mortality caused by Covid-19 pandemic, the negative impacts on physical and mental health and social well-being, the negative impacts on economy and society, and the consequent exacerbation of inequalities within and between countries. We express solidarity to all countries affected by the pandemic, as well as condolences and sympathy to all the families of the victims of Covid-19.”
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