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  •  The 73rd World Health Assembly WHA the first of its kind that held virtually since the World Health Organization WHO was founded in 1948 ended on Tuesday with a strong global commitment to fight the COVID 19 pandemic WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his closing remarks that the focus of his organization now is fighting the pandemic with every tool at their disposal At the end of the day what matters is life That should be at the center of everything we do and everything we say he said For everything COVID 19 has taken from us it has also given us something a reminder of what really matters and the opportunity to forge a common future he added Before the closing of Tuesday s virtual conference delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID 19 pandemic which was adopted by consensus and was co sponsored by more than 130 countries including the European Union and its member states Russia and China The resolution expressed solidarity to all countries affected by the pandemic as well as condolences and sympathy to all the families of the victims of COVID 19 and expressed optimism that the COVID 19 pandemic can be successfully mitigated controlled and overcome through leadership and sustained global cooperation unity and solidarity It acknowledged the key leadership role of WHO and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalyzing and coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID 19 pandemic It called for the intensification of efforts to control the pandemic and for equitable access to and fair distribution of all essential health technologies and products to combat the virus It also called for an enhanced effort to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the global response A WHO spokesperson told media that as ministers of health from almost every country in the world gathered for the meeting the consistent message throughout the two day meeting was that global unity is the most powerful tool to combat the outbreak Because of the outbreak the just closed May session of the World Health Assembly was shortened to only two days and it will reconvene later this year to finish the remaining agendas XINHUA
    73rd WHA ends with strong global commitment to COVID-19 response
     The 73rd World Health Assembly WHA the first of its kind that held virtually since the World Health Organization WHO was founded in 1948 ended on Tuesday with a strong global commitment to fight the COVID 19 pandemic WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his closing remarks that the focus of his organization now is fighting the pandemic with every tool at their disposal At the end of the day what matters is life That should be at the center of everything we do and everything we say he said For everything COVID 19 has taken from us it has also given us something a reminder of what really matters and the opportunity to forge a common future he added Before the closing of Tuesday s virtual conference delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID 19 pandemic which was adopted by consensus and was co sponsored by more than 130 countries including the European Union and its member states Russia and China The resolution expressed solidarity to all countries affected by the pandemic as well as condolences and sympathy to all the families of the victims of COVID 19 and expressed optimism that the COVID 19 pandemic can be successfully mitigated controlled and overcome through leadership and sustained global cooperation unity and solidarity It acknowledged the key leadership role of WHO and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalyzing and coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID 19 pandemic It called for the intensification of efforts to control the pandemic and for equitable access to and fair distribution of all essential health technologies and products to combat the virus It also called for an enhanced effort to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the global response A WHO spokesperson told media that as ministers of health from almost every country in the world gathered for the meeting the consistent message throughout the two day meeting was that global unity is the most powerful tool to combat the outbreak Because of the outbreak the just closed May session of the World Health Assembly was shortened to only two days and it will reconvene later this year to finish the remaining agendas XINHUA
    73rd WHA ends with strong global commitment to COVID-19 response
    Foreign3 years ago

    73rd WHA ends with strong global commitment to COVID-19 response

    The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), the first of its kind that held virtually since the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded in 1948, ended on Tuesday with a strong global commitment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in his closing remarks that the focus of his organization now is fighting the pandemic with every tool at their disposal.

    "At the end of the day, what matters is life. That should be at the center of everything we do, and everything we say," he said.

    "For everything COVID-19 has taken from us, it has also given us something: a reminder of what really matters, and the opportunity to forge a common future," he added.

    Before the closing of Tuesday's virtual conference, delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which was adopted by consensus and was co-sponsored by more than 130 countries, including the European Union and its member states, Russia and China.

    The resolution expressed solidarity to all countries affected by the pandemic, as well as condolences and sympathy to all the families of the victims of COVID-19, and expressed optimism that the COVID-19 pandemic can be successfully mitigated, controlled and overcome through leadership and sustained global cooperation, unity, and solidarity.

    It acknowledged the key leadership role of WHO and the fundamental role of the United Nations system in catalyzing and coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    It called for the intensification of efforts to control the pandemic, and for equitable access to and fair distribution of all essential health technologies and products to combat the virus.

    It also called for an enhanced effort to identify the zoonotic source of the virus and the route of introduction to the human population as well as a comprehensive evaluation of the global response.

    A WHO spokesperson told media that as ministers of health from almost every country in the world gathered for the meeting, the consistent message throughout the two-day meeting was that global unity is the most powerful tool to combat the outbreak.

    Because of the outbreak, the just-closed May session of the World Health Assembly was shortened to only two days, and it will reconvene later this year to finish the remaining agendas.


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  •  Cuba supports the World Health Organization WHO in the global fight against the COVID 19 pandemic Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal said on Monday No country can tackle the coronavirus pandemic by itself A coordinated global response is required in keeping with principles of solidarity unity and cooperation Portal said at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA via video link in Havana We are open to share our scientific knowledge and experience in confronting the virus Cuba has so far sent 2 300 health professionals from its Henry Reeve medical contingent to help combat the COVID 19 pandemic in 24 countries The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from Monday to Tuesday is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic According to the WHO the agenda of the 73rd session was condensed to cover only essential issues such as COVID 19 and the selection of executive board members Earlier on Monday Francisco Duran national director of epidemiology at the Cuban Ministry of Public Health noted the importance of the 73rd session of the WHA saying that the U S blockade against Cuba hinders medical supplies to the island Cuba has registered a total of 1 881 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and 79 related deaths New cases fell to fewer than 25 per day last week from a peak of nearly 70 in early May The first COVID 19 cases were reported in Cuba on March 11 XINHUA
    Cuba supports WHO in fighting COVID-19 pandemic: health minister
     Cuba supports the World Health Organization WHO in the global fight against the COVID 19 pandemic Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal said on Monday No country can tackle the coronavirus pandemic by itself A coordinated global response is required in keeping with principles of solidarity unity and cooperation Portal said at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA via video link in Havana We are open to share our scientific knowledge and experience in confronting the virus Cuba has so far sent 2 300 health professionals from its Henry Reeve medical contingent to help combat the COVID 19 pandemic in 24 countries The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from Monday to Tuesday is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic According to the WHO the agenda of the 73rd session was condensed to cover only essential issues such as COVID 19 and the selection of executive board members Earlier on Monday Francisco Duran national director of epidemiology at the Cuban Ministry of Public Health noted the importance of the 73rd session of the WHA saying that the U S blockade against Cuba hinders medical supplies to the island Cuba has registered a total of 1 881 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and 79 related deaths New cases fell to fewer than 25 per day last week from a peak of nearly 70 in early May The first COVID 19 cases were reported in Cuba on March 11 XINHUA
    Cuba supports WHO in fighting COVID-19 pandemic: health minister
    Foreign3 years ago

    Cuba supports WHO in fighting COVID-19 pandemic: health minister

    Cuba supports the World Health Organization (WHO) in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal said on Monday.

    "No country can tackle the coronavirus pandemic by itself. A coordinated global response is required in keeping with principles of solidarity, unity and cooperation," Portal said at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link in Havana. "We are open to share our scientific knowledge and experience in confronting the virus."

    Cuba has so far sent 2,300 health professionals from its Henry Reeve medical contingent to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in 24 countries.

    The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from Monday to Tuesday, is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic.

    According to the WHO, the agenda of the 73rd session was condensed to cover only essential issues, such as COVID-19 and the selection of executive board members.

    Earlier on Monday, Francisco Duran, national director of epidemiology at the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, noted the importance of the 73rd session of the WHA, saying that the U.S. blockade against Cuba hinders medical supplies to the island.

    Cuba has registered a total of 1,881 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 79 related deaths. New cases fell to fewer than 25 per day last week from a peak of nearly 70 in early May.

    The first COVID-19 cases were reported in Cuba on March 11.


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  •  World Health Organization WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland May 18 2020 Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly scheduled from May 18 to 19 was held virtually WHO Handout via Xinhua
    WHO Director-General speaks at 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva
     World Health Organization WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland May 18 2020 Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly scheduled from May 18 to 19 was held virtually WHO Handout via Xinhua
    WHO Director-General speaks at 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva
    Foreign3 years ago

    WHO Director-General speaks at 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva

    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly, scheduled from May 18 to 19, was held virtually. (WHO/Handout via Xinhua)

  •  Experts and scholars across the world spoke highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping s Monday speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA hailing his proposals are of great importance to promote global cooperation in the pandemic fight Addressing the opening of the WHA session via video link Xi announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID 19 such as providing international aid and making the country s COVID 19 vaccine a global public good when available According to the scholars Xi s speech upholds the vision of building a global community of health for all and demonstrates China s sense of responsibility amid the crisis Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing capital of China May 18 2020 Xinhua Zhang Yuwei Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing capital of China May 18 2020 Xinhua Zhang Yuwei Ren Minghui assistant director general for Universal Health Coverage Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases of the World Health Organization WHO said Xi s speech is visionary and pragmatic which once again demonstrates China s firm belief in building a community with a shared future for mankind Xi not only talked about how to effectively prevent and control the spread of the disease but also on support for economic recovery and social development of the affected countries especially developing countries as well as for the WHO s actions Ren said Nadhum Ali Abdullah an Iraqi analyst from Baghdad based think tank Arab Forum said Xi s speech at the WHA sent a message that the mankind has a common destiny and that China is opening its doors to international cooperation to combat this pandemic Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou south China s Guangdong Province Feb 13 2020 Xinhua Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou south China s Guangdong Province Feb 13 2020 Xinhua Igor Shatrov deputy director of Russia s National Institute for the Development of Modern Ideology said the coronavirus pandemic is a serious test in which humanity must realize that we live in a single world and have a common destiny so it should unite in the face of a global threat Noting that China s efforts are particularly remarkable amid the pandemic Sylwester Szafarz former consul general of Poland in the Chinese city of Shanghai said They are aiming at sharing valuable Chinese experience and expertise modern equipment and highly qualified medical personnel with numerous other nations in need China s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra capital of Ghana April 6 2020 Xinhua Xu Zheng China s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra capital of Ghana April 6 2020 Xinhua Xu Zheng Adhere Cavince a Kenyan researcher of international relations with a focus on China Africa relations said that global health governance requires urgent strengthening adding that such cooperation can only take place when countries deal with each other in an honest transparent and reciprocal manner French writer and sinologist Sonia Bressler pointed out that Xi s speech confirms an opening of China to the world and a shared and collective responsibility Noting China s support and help to African countries in the fight against the pandemic she said the brotherhood is necessary demonstrating Xi s Chinese vision of Tianxia which means we all live under the same sky XINHUA
    Scholars say Xi’s proposals at WHA important to global pandemic combat
     Experts and scholars across the world spoke highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping s Monday speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly WHA hailing his proposals are of great importance to promote global cooperation in the pandemic fight Addressing the opening of the WHA session via video link Xi announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID 19 such as providing international aid and making the country s COVID 19 vaccine a global public good when available According to the scholars Xi s speech upholds the vision of building a global community of health for all and demonstrates China s sense of responsibility amid the crisis Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing capital of China May 18 2020 Xinhua Zhang Yuwei Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing capital of China May 18 2020 Xinhua Zhang Yuwei Ren Minghui assistant director general for Universal Health Coverage Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases of the World Health Organization WHO said Xi s speech is visionary and pragmatic which once again demonstrates China s firm belief in building a community with a shared future for mankind Xi not only talked about how to effectively prevent and control the spread of the disease but also on support for economic recovery and social development of the affected countries especially developing countries as well as for the WHO s actions Ren said Nadhum Ali Abdullah an Iraqi analyst from Baghdad based think tank Arab Forum said Xi s speech at the WHA sent a message that the mankind has a common destiny and that China is opening its doors to international cooperation to combat this pandemic Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou south China s Guangdong Province Feb 13 2020 Xinhua Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou south China s Guangdong Province Feb 13 2020 Xinhua Igor Shatrov deputy director of Russia s National Institute for the Development of Modern Ideology said the coronavirus pandemic is a serious test in which humanity must realize that we live in a single world and have a common destiny so it should unite in the face of a global threat Noting that China s efforts are particularly remarkable amid the pandemic Sylwester Szafarz former consul general of Poland in the Chinese city of Shanghai said They are aiming at sharing valuable Chinese experience and expertise modern equipment and highly qualified medical personnel with numerous other nations in need China s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra capital of Ghana April 6 2020 Xinhua Xu Zheng China s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra capital of Ghana April 6 2020 Xinhua Xu Zheng Adhere Cavince a Kenyan researcher of international relations with a focus on China Africa relations said that global health governance requires urgent strengthening adding that such cooperation can only take place when countries deal with each other in an honest transparent and reciprocal manner French writer and sinologist Sonia Bressler pointed out that Xi s speech confirms an opening of China to the world and a shared and collective responsibility Noting China s support and help to African countries in the fight against the pandemic she said the brotherhood is necessary demonstrating Xi s Chinese vision of Tianxia which means we all live under the same sky XINHUA
    Scholars say Xi’s proposals at WHA important to global pandemic combat
    Foreign3 years ago

    Scholars say Xi’s proposals at WHA important to global pandemic combat

    Experts and scholars across the world spoke highly of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Monday speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), hailing his proposals are of great importance to promote global cooperation in the pandemic fight.

    Addressing the opening of the WHA session via video link, Xi announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19, such as providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.

    According to the scholars, Xi's speech upholds the vision of building a global community of health for all and demonstrates China's sense of responsibility amid the crisis.


    Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing, capital of China, May 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

    Delegates attend the 73rd World Health Assembly via video link in Beijing, capital of China, May 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

    Ren Minghui, assistant director-general for Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO), said Xi's speech is visionary and pragmatic, which once again demonstrates China's firm belief in building a community with a shared future for mankind.

    Xi not only talked about how to effectively prevent and control the spread of the disease, but also on support for economic recovery and social development of the affected countries, especially developing countries, as well as for the WHO's actions, Ren said.

    Nadhum Ali Abdullah, an Iraqi analyst from Baghdad-based think tank Arab Forum, said Xi's speech at the WHA sent a message that "the mankind has a common destiny, and that China is opening its doors to international cooperation to combat this pandemic."


    Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Feb. 13, 2020. (Xinhua)

    Staff members do nucleic acid tests at a lab in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Feb. 13, 2020. (Xinhua)

    Igor Shatrov, deputy director of Russia's National Institute for the Development of Modern Ideology, said the coronavirus pandemic is a "serious test" in which "humanity must realize that we live in a single world and have a common destiny, so it should unite in the face of a global threat."

    Noting that China's efforts are particularly remarkable amid the pandemic, Sylwester Szafarz, former consul general of Poland in the Chinese city of Shanghai, said, "They are aiming at sharing valuable Chinese experience and expertise, modern equipment and highly qualified medical personnel with numerous other nations in need."

    China's medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, April 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Xu Zheng)

    China's medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive at the Kotota International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, April 6, 2020.

    (Xinhua/Xu Zheng)

    Adhere Cavince, a Kenyan researcher of international relations with a focus on China-Africa relations, said that global health governance requires urgent strengthening, adding that "such cooperation can only take place when countries deal with each other in an honest, transparent, and reciprocal manner."

    French writer and sinologist Sonia Bressler pointed out that Xi's speech confirms "an opening of China to the world and a shared and collective responsibility."

    Noting China's support and help to African countries in the fight against the pandemic, she said the brotherhood is necessary, demonstrating Xi's Chinese vision of "Tianxia," which "means we all live under the same sky."


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  •  The world must be united and the irreplaceable World Health Organization WHO should play a stronger role in the fight against the COVID 19 crisis said world leaders at the first ever virtual session of the World Health Assembly WHA that opened on Monday COVID 19 must be a wake up call said United Nations UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres when opening the 73rd session of the WHA focusing on the pandemic that has infected over 4 5 million people and taken away more than 300 000 lives globally in a matter of months We have seen some solidarity but very little unity in our response to COVID 19 deplored the UN secretary general Many countries have ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization he said Consequently the virus has spread across the world Guterres reiterated the UN s call for a coordinated large scale response led by the WHO with emphasis on solidarity with developing countries and vulnerable people Unless we control the spread of the virus the economy will never recover the secretary general said We must massively increase the resources available to the developing world Simonetta Sommaruga president of the Swiss Confederation that hosts the WHO s headquarters thanked the WHO for its tireless commitment to tackle the pandemic Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as you go through this crisis be assured that you have the Switzerland s full support and cooperation she said Our support to you is based on our commitment to multilateralism solidarity and international cooperation added the Swiss president Today more than ever these things are absolutely essential and they need to be strengthened Calling for more funding for the WHO she said the organization which has always managed to learn lessons from the epidemics that it had to deal with will also be able to carry out a thorough review of the current crisis in order to improve its future emergency management French President Emmanuel Macron also stressed the need for more funding for the global health body which he said plays an irreplaceable role in coordinating action thanks to its scientific expertise and knowledge of the situation on the ground Calling the assembly one of the most important assemblies in the history of the WHO Macron said that this must be a moment of unity and solidarity and also a moment of clear thought and effective action He urged all stakeholders including states organizations funds pharmaceutical companies or ordinary citizens to cooperate with the WHO The French president hailed the Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator ACT initiative which is an international cooperation project launched by the WHO in April to speed up the development production and equitable distribution of new tools treatments and a vaccine in particular to combat COVID 19 If we deliver a vaccine against COVID 19 it will be a global public good and everyone must have access to it said Macron No country can save itself alone We must work together said German Chancellor Angela Merkel COVID 19 shows that we need to do more in prevention and research The WHO is a legitimate world organization in the area of health We should continue to work to improve the procedures within the WHO she said We should also look into its financing to ensure that it is sustainable Moon Jae in president of the Republic of Korea said his country will provide 100 million U S dollars in humanitarian aid this year and will continue to share its experiences in fighting epidemics with the international community Affirming full support for the WHO Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called for attention to the debt pressure on vulnerable nations such as the Caribbean states which has been worsened by the economic fallout of the pandemic Stressing the WHO s key role in leading the global fight against the pandemic South African President Cyril Ramaphosa chairperson of the African Union called for more assistance debt relief and medical supplies in particular for the developing countries Africa extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus needs every possible support and assistance Ramaphosa told the virtual assembly The African Union has made a call for the developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies This assistance needs to include debt relief It also needs to include assistance with regard to diagnostic and therapeutic medical supplies he said The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from Monday to Tuesday is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic According to the WHO its agenda was condensed only to essential issues such as COVID 19 and the executive board members selection XINHUA
    Roundup: World leaders call for unity, stronger role for WHO in fighting COVID-19
     The world must be united and the irreplaceable World Health Organization WHO should play a stronger role in the fight against the COVID 19 crisis said world leaders at the first ever virtual session of the World Health Assembly WHA that opened on Monday COVID 19 must be a wake up call said United Nations UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres when opening the 73rd session of the WHA focusing on the pandemic that has infected over 4 5 million people and taken away more than 300 000 lives globally in a matter of months We have seen some solidarity but very little unity in our response to COVID 19 deplored the UN secretary general Many countries have ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization he said Consequently the virus has spread across the world Guterres reiterated the UN s call for a coordinated large scale response led by the WHO with emphasis on solidarity with developing countries and vulnerable people Unless we control the spread of the virus the economy will never recover the secretary general said We must massively increase the resources available to the developing world Simonetta Sommaruga president of the Swiss Confederation that hosts the WHO s headquarters thanked the WHO for its tireless commitment to tackle the pandemic Director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as you go through this crisis be assured that you have the Switzerland s full support and cooperation she said Our support to you is based on our commitment to multilateralism solidarity and international cooperation added the Swiss president Today more than ever these things are absolutely essential and they need to be strengthened Calling for more funding for the WHO she said the organization which has always managed to learn lessons from the epidemics that it had to deal with will also be able to carry out a thorough review of the current crisis in order to improve its future emergency management French President Emmanuel Macron also stressed the need for more funding for the global health body which he said plays an irreplaceable role in coordinating action thanks to its scientific expertise and knowledge of the situation on the ground Calling the assembly one of the most important assemblies in the history of the WHO Macron said that this must be a moment of unity and solidarity and also a moment of clear thought and effective action He urged all stakeholders including states organizations funds pharmaceutical companies or ordinary citizens to cooperate with the WHO The French president hailed the Access to COVID 19 Tools Accelerator ACT initiative which is an international cooperation project launched by the WHO in April to speed up the development production and equitable distribution of new tools treatments and a vaccine in particular to combat COVID 19 If we deliver a vaccine against COVID 19 it will be a global public good and everyone must have access to it said Macron No country can save itself alone We must work together said German Chancellor Angela Merkel COVID 19 shows that we need to do more in prevention and research The WHO is a legitimate world organization in the area of health We should continue to work to improve the procedures within the WHO she said We should also look into its financing to ensure that it is sustainable Moon Jae in president of the Republic of Korea said his country will provide 100 million U S dollars in humanitarian aid this year and will continue to share its experiences in fighting epidemics with the international community Affirming full support for the WHO Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called for attention to the debt pressure on vulnerable nations such as the Caribbean states which has been worsened by the economic fallout of the pandemic Stressing the WHO s key role in leading the global fight against the pandemic South African President Cyril Ramaphosa chairperson of the African Union called for more assistance debt relief and medical supplies in particular for the developing countries Africa extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus needs every possible support and assistance Ramaphosa told the virtual assembly The African Union has made a call for the developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies This assistance needs to include debt relief It also needs to include assistance with regard to diagnostic and therapeutic medical supplies he said The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from Monday to Tuesday is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic According to the WHO its agenda was condensed only to essential issues such as COVID 19 and the executive board members selection XINHUA
    Roundup: World leaders call for unity, stronger role for WHO in fighting COVID-19
    Foreign3 years ago

    Roundup: World leaders call for unity, stronger role for WHO in fighting COVID-19

    The world must be united and the irreplaceable World Health Organization (WHO) should play a stronger role in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis, said world leaders at the first ever virtual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) that opened on Monday.

    "COVID-19 must be a wake-up call," said United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when opening the 73rd session of the WHA focusing on the pandemic that has infected over 4.5 million people and taken away more than 300,000 lives globally in a matter of months.

    "We have seen some solidarity, but very little unity, in our response to COVID-19," deplored the UN secretary general.

    "Many countries have ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization," he said. "Consequently, the virus has spread across the world."

    Guterres reiterated the UN's call for a coordinated large-scale response led by the WHO with emphasis on solidarity with developing countries and vulnerable people.

    "Unless we control the spread of the virus, the economy will never recover," the secretary general said. "We must massively increase the resources available to the developing world."

    Simonetta Sommaruga, president of the Swiss Confederation that hosts the WHO's headquarters, thanked the WHO for its tireless commitment to tackle the pandemic.

    "Director general (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus), as you go through this crisis, be assured that you have the Switzerland's full support and cooperation," she said.

    "Our support to you is based on our commitment to multilateralism, solidarity and international cooperation," added the Swiss president. "Today, more than ever, these things are absolutely essential and they need to be strengthened."

    Calling for more funding for the WHO, she said the organization, which has always managed to learn lessons from the epidemics that it had to deal with, will also be able to carry out a thorough review of the current crisis in order to improve its future emergency management.

    French President Emmanuel Macron also stressed the need for more funding for the global health body, which he said plays an "irreplaceable role" in coordinating action thanks to its scientific expertise and knowledge of the situation on the ground.

    Calling the assembly "one of the most important assemblies in the history of the WHO," Macron said that this must be a moment of unity and solidarity, and also a moment of clear thought and effective action.

    He urged all stakeholders, including states, organizations, funds, pharmaceutical companies or ordinary citizens, to cooperate with the WHO.

    The French president hailed the "Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator" (ACT) initiative, which is an international cooperation project launched by the WHO in April to speed up the development, production and equitable distribution of new tools, treatments and a vaccine in particular, to combat COVID-19.

    "If we deliver a vaccine against COVID-19, it will be a global public good, and everyone must have access to it," said Macron.

    "No country can save itself alone. We must work together," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "COVID-19 shows that we need to do more in prevention and research."

    "The WHO is a legitimate world organization in the area of health. We should continue to work to improve the procedures within the WHO," she said. "We should also look into its financing to ensure that it is sustainable."

    Moon Jae-in, president of the Republic of Korea, said his country will provide 100 million U.S. dollars in humanitarian aid this year and will continue to share its experiences in fighting epidemics with the international community.

    Affirming full support for the WHO, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called for attention to the debt pressure on vulnerable nations, such as the Caribbean states, which has been worsened by the economic fallout of the pandemic.

    Stressing the WHO's key role in leading the global fight against the pandemic, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, chairperson of the African Union, called for more assistance, debt relief and medical supplies in particular, for the developing countries.

    "Africa, extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus, needs every possible support and assistance," Ramaphosa told the virtual assembly.

    "The African Union has made a call for the developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies. This assistance needs to include debt relief. It also needs to include assistance with regard to diagnostic and therapeutic medical supplies," he said.

    The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from Monday to Tuesday, is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic.

    According to the WHO, its agenda was condensed only to essential issues, such as COVID-19 and the executive board members selection.


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  •  The African Union AU chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for the Africa continent to be assisted to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic while addressing the virtual 73rd session of the World Health Assembly WHA Africa is extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus and needs every possible support and assistance including much needed resources to bolster its response and offset a potentially devastating social and economic fallout he said He said the AU has taken very deliberate steps to respond to the scourge We have developed a comprehensive COVID 19 strategy established an African Union COVID 19 Response Fund and embarked on a fundraising drive to strengthen the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the South African President The African Union has made a call for developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies Ramaphosa said this assistance needs to include debt relief more Special Drawing Rights Allocations with the international financial institutions and the provision of comprehensive and robust stimulus packages to vulnerable countries He called the international community to work together to fight against the pandemic To turn back the frontiers of the pandemic we also need to deepen international collaboration around research and development and investment in essential medical technologies in COVID 19 diagnostics and therapeutics and in vaccines Ramaphosa commended the WHO for guiding and support to African governments with early detection of the pandemic training health workers and strengthening surveillance in communities He said the continent supports World Health Organization s WHO call to develop and produce vaccines and therapeutics and ensure that they are distributed quickly and equitably across the globe Let us also continue to work together to improve our emergency preparedness for potential future outbreaks of this nature and take forward the proposal made at the previous meeting of the WHA to develop a global disaster response plan Let us continue to collaborate and to act in the best traditions of social solidarity he said The WHA annually meeting was meant to discuss major policy questions and the work program of the WHO XINHUA
    AU chairperson pleads for developing countries to be assisted to fight COVID-19
     The African Union AU chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for the Africa continent to be assisted to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic while addressing the virtual 73rd session of the World Health Assembly WHA Africa is extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus and needs every possible support and assistance including much needed resources to bolster its response and offset a potentially devastating social and economic fallout he said He said the AU has taken very deliberate steps to respond to the scourge We have developed a comprehensive COVID 19 strategy established an African Union COVID 19 Response Fund and embarked on a fundraising drive to strengthen the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the South African President The African Union has made a call for developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies Ramaphosa said this assistance needs to include debt relief more Special Drawing Rights Allocations with the international financial institutions and the provision of comprehensive and robust stimulus packages to vulnerable countries He called the international community to work together to fight against the pandemic To turn back the frontiers of the pandemic we also need to deepen international collaboration around research and development and investment in essential medical technologies in COVID 19 diagnostics and therapeutics and in vaccines Ramaphosa commended the WHO for guiding and support to African governments with early detection of the pandemic training health workers and strengthening surveillance in communities He said the continent supports World Health Organization s WHO call to develop and produce vaccines and therapeutics and ensure that they are distributed quickly and equitably across the globe Let us also continue to work together to improve our emergency preparedness for potential future outbreaks of this nature and take forward the proposal made at the previous meeting of the WHA to develop a global disaster response plan Let us continue to collaborate and to act in the best traditions of social solidarity he said The WHA annually meeting was meant to discuss major policy questions and the work program of the WHO XINHUA
    AU chairperson pleads for developing countries to be assisted to fight COVID-19
    Foreign3 years ago

    AU chairperson pleads for developing countries to be assisted to fight COVID-19

    The African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for the Africa continent to be assisted to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing the virtual 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA).

    "Africa is extremely vulnerable to the ravages of this virus and needs every possible support and assistance, including much-needed resources, to bolster its response and offset a potentially devastating social and economic fallout," he said.

    He said the AU has taken very deliberate steps to respond to the scourge.

    "We have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 strategy, established an African Union COVID-19 Response Fund and embarked on a fundraising drive to strengthen the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.," said the South African President.

    "The African Union has made a call for developing countries to be assisted in their efforts to combat the pandemic and to rebuild their economies," Ramaphosa said, "this assistance needs to include debt relief, more Special Drawing Rights Allocations with the international financial institutions, and the provision of comprehensive and robust stimulus packages to vulnerable countries.

    He called the international community to work together to fight against the pandemic.

    "To turn back the frontiers of the pandemic, we also need to deepen international collaboration around research and development and investment in essential medical technologies, in COVID-19 diagnostics and therapeutics and in vaccines."

    Ramaphosa commended the WHO for guiding and support to African governments with early detection of the pandemic, training health workers and strengthening surveillance in communities.

    He said the continent supports World Health Organization's (WHO) call to develop and produce vaccines and therapeutics and ensure that they are distributed quickly and equitably across the globe.

    "Let us also continue to work together to improve our emergency preparedness for potential future outbreaks of this nature and take forward the proposal made at the previous meeting of the WHA to develop a global disaster response plan. Let us continue to collaborate and to act in the best traditions of social solidarity," he said.

    The WHA annually meeting was meant to discuss major policy questions and the work program of the WHO.


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  •  Politicization of the COVID 19 pandemic is not allowed said Irish Health Minister Simon Harris here on Monday Harris made this remark in a statement issued before attending the annual session of the World Health Assembly WHA held on Monday Today s meeting will be an important opportunity for the WHO and its Member States to collectively address the single most pressing global health issue in a moment of crisis he said adding that the meeting is also an opportunity for Ireland to show its support for the World Health Organization WHO In this time of great crisis we need unity not division We cannot allow the politicization of this pandemic Ireland stands shoulder to shoulder with the WHO he said The Irish health minister said he would underline the importance of ensuring equitable access to vaccines diagnostics therapeutics and equipment in the COVID 19 context during his address to the WHA on Monday The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the 73rd WHA is virtual XINHUA
    Politicization of COVID-19 pandemic not allowed: Irish health minister
     Politicization of the COVID 19 pandemic is not allowed said Irish Health Minister Simon Harris here on Monday Harris made this remark in a statement issued before attending the annual session of the World Health Assembly WHA held on Monday Today s meeting will be an important opportunity for the WHO and its Member States to collectively address the single most pressing global health issue in a moment of crisis he said adding that the meeting is also an opportunity for Ireland to show its support for the World Health Organization WHO In this time of great crisis we need unity not division We cannot allow the politicization of this pandemic Ireland stands shoulder to shoulder with the WHO he said The Irish health minister said he would underline the importance of ensuring equitable access to vaccines diagnostics therapeutics and equipment in the COVID 19 context during his address to the WHA on Monday The WHA is the decision making body of the WHO Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic the 73rd WHA is virtual XINHUA
    Politicization of COVID-19 pandemic not allowed: Irish health minister
    Foreign3 years ago

    Politicization of COVID-19 pandemic not allowed: Irish health minister

    Politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic is not allowed, said Irish Health Minister Simon Harris here on Monday.

    Harris made this remark in a statement issued before attending the annual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) held on Monday.

    "Today's meeting will be an important opportunity for the WHO and its Member States to collectively address the single most pressing global health issue in a moment of crisis," he said, adding that the meeting is also an opportunity for Ireland to show its support for the World Health Organization (WHO).

    "In this time of great crisis, we need unity, not division. We cannot allow the politicization of this pandemic. Ireland stands shoulder to shoulder with the WHO," he said.

    The Irish health minister said he would underline the importance of ensuring equitable access to vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics and equipment in the COVID-19 context during his address to the WHA on Monday.

    The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd WHA is virtual.


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  •  The World Health Assembly WHA is set to hold between today Monday and tomorrow Tuesday This is coming as the World Health Organisation WHO is struggling to stop the spread of the COVID 19 and map out easing of associate stay at home orders and lockdowns This is the first time when the assembly WHO s main governing body will convene virtually This year s meeting comes not only amid the coronavirus pandemic but also a month after the U S WHO s largest contributor announced that it would halt funding to the organisation over its alleged mishandling of the COVID 19 crisis Member states are set to discuss a resolution on improving access to COVID 19 diagnostics and pending treatment and vaccines as well as calls to investigate the origin of the virus and early response to the outbreak Apart from that the 73th edition of the meeting will address the health agency s budget elect members of the executive body It will also discuss agenda items that include ending tuberculosis polio eradication and neglected tropical diseases Edited By Fatima Sule Peter Dada NAN
    Coronavirus: World Health Assembly to be held online on May 18 and 19
     The World Health Assembly WHA is set to hold between today Monday and tomorrow Tuesday This is coming as the World Health Organisation WHO is struggling to stop the spread of the COVID 19 and map out easing of associate stay at home orders and lockdowns This is the first time when the assembly WHO s main governing body will convene virtually This year s meeting comes not only amid the coronavirus pandemic but also a month after the U S WHO s largest contributor announced that it would halt funding to the organisation over its alleged mishandling of the COVID 19 crisis Member states are set to discuss a resolution on improving access to COVID 19 diagnostics and pending treatment and vaccines as well as calls to investigate the origin of the virus and early response to the outbreak Apart from that the 73th edition of the meeting will address the health agency s budget elect members of the executive body It will also discuss agenda items that include ending tuberculosis polio eradication and neglected tropical diseases Edited By Fatima Sule Peter Dada NAN
    Coronavirus: World Health Assembly to be held online on May 18 and 19
    Foreign3 years ago

    Coronavirus: World Health Assembly to be held online on May 18 and 19

    The World Health Assembly (WHA) is set to hold  between today  (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday).

     

    This is coming as the World Health Organisation (WHO) is struggling to stop the spread of the COVID-19 and map out easing of associate stay-at-home orders and lockdowns.

     

    This is the first time when the assembly, WHO’s main governing body, will convene virtually.

     

    This year’s meeting comes not only amid the coronavirus pandemic, but also a month after the U.S., WHO’s largest contributor, announced  that it would halt funding to the organisation over its alleged mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis.

     

    Member states are set to discuss a resolution on improving access to COVID-19 diagnostics and pending treatment and vaccines, as well as calls to investigate the origin of the virus and early response to the outbreak.

     

    Apart from that, the 73th edition of the meeting will address the health agency’s budget, elect members of the executive body.

     

    It will also  discuss agenda items that include ending tuberculosis, polio eradication and neglected tropical diseases.




    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Peter Dada (NAN)

     

     

  •  A handful of countries have claimed that Taiwan should be invited as an observer in the upcoming session of the World Health Assembly WHA Such a show of political maneuvering is nothing but a futile attempt The insistence by these countries on discussing the Taiwan related proposal is not about protecting the health and welfare of the people in Taiwan but only aimed at pursuing selfish political interests by politicizing the health issue hijacking the WHA and undermining the joint international response to COVID 19 Taiwan s participation in the assembly must be dealt with in accordance with the one China principle China s central government has made proper arrangements for Taiwan s participation in global health affairs to ensure its prompt and effective responses to local and global public health emergencies In January the Chinese central government hosted Taiwan epidemic prevention and control experts traveling to the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province to observe epidemic containment efforts As of May 15 the Chinese central government had sent 152 notifications on COVID 19 to the Taiwan region Since 2019 following the one China principle 16 groups of 24 medical and health experts from Taiwan have taken part in the World Health Organization s technical activities The region is by no means a so called gap in global anti epidemic efforts as Taiwan has unimpeded access to epidemic information The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from May 18 to 19 will only cover essential items including COVID 19 response and an executive board election This shows that the goal of the member states is to focus on international cooperation to battle COVID 19 The WHA has for many years rejected some countries Taiwan related proposals demonstrating the shared international commitment to the one China principle an overriding trend that cannot be challenged Since COVID 19 broke out Taiwan s Democratic Progressive Party authorities have been hyping up the so called Taiwan s participation in the WHA exposing their intention to use the epidemic to seek Taiwan independence Such an attempt will never succeed XINHUA
    Commentary: Taiwan-related proposal to WHA a futile political show
     A handful of countries have claimed that Taiwan should be invited as an observer in the upcoming session of the World Health Assembly WHA Such a show of political maneuvering is nothing but a futile attempt The insistence by these countries on discussing the Taiwan related proposal is not about protecting the health and welfare of the people in Taiwan but only aimed at pursuing selfish political interests by politicizing the health issue hijacking the WHA and undermining the joint international response to COVID 19 Taiwan s participation in the assembly must be dealt with in accordance with the one China principle China s central government has made proper arrangements for Taiwan s participation in global health affairs to ensure its prompt and effective responses to local and global public health emergencies In January the Chinese central government hosted Taiwan epidemic prevention and control experts traveling to the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province to observe epidemic containment efforts As of May 15 the Chinese central government had sent 152 notifications on COVID 19 to the Taiwan region Since 2019 following the one China principle 16 groups of 24 medical and health experts from Taiwan have taken part in the World Health Organization s technical activities The region is by no means a so called gap in global anti epidemic efforts as Taiwan has unimpeded access to epidemic information The 73rd session of the WHA scheduled from May 18 to 19 will only cover essential items including COVID 19 response and an executive board election This shows that the goal of the member states is to focus on international cooperation to battle COVID 19 The WHA has for many years rejected some countries Taiwan related proposals demonstrating the shared international commitment to the one China principle an overriding trend that cannot be challenged Since COVID 19 broke out Taiwan s Democratic Progressive Party authorities have been hyping up the so called Taiwan s participation in the WHA exposing their intention to use the epidemic to seek Taiwan independence Such an attempt will never succeed XINHUA
    Commentary: Taiwan-related proposal to WHA a futile political show
    Foreign3 years ago

    Commentary: Taiwan-related proposal to WHA a futile political show

    A handful of countries have claimed that Taiwan should be invited as an observer in the upcoming session of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Such a show of political maneuvering is nothing but a futile attempt.

    The insistence by these countries on discussing the Taiwan-related proposal is not about protecting the health and welfare of the people in Taiwan, but only aimed at pursuing selfish political interests by politicizing the health issue, hijacking the WHA and undermining the joint international response to COVID-19.

    Taiwan's participation in the assembly must be dealt with in accordance with the one-China principle.

    China's central government has made proper arrangements for Taiwan's participation in global health affairs to ensure its prompt and effective responses to local and global public health emergencies.

    In January, the Chinese central government hosted Taiwan epidemic prevention and control experts traveling to the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province to observe epidemic containment efforts. As of May 15, the Chinese central government had sent 152 notifications on COVID-19 to the Taiwan region. Since 2019, following the one-China principle, 16 groups of 24 medical and health experts from Taiwan have taken part in the World Health Organization's technical activities.

    The region is by no means a so-called "gap" in global anti-epidemic efforts, as Taiwan has unimpeded access to epidemic information.

    The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from May 18 to 19, will only cover essential items including COVID-19 response and an executive board election. This shows that the goal of the member states is to focus on international cooperation to battle COVID-19.

    The WHA has for many years rejected some countries' Taiwan-related proposals, demonstrating the shared international commitment to the one-China principle, an overriding trend that cannot be challenged.

    Since COVID-19 broke out, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party authorities have been hyping up the so-called "Taiwan's participation in the WHA," exposing their intention to use the epidemic to seek "Taiwan independence." Such an attempt will never succeed.


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  •  The upcoming 73rd session of the World Health Assembly WHA arrives at a critical juncture of fighting the COVID 19 pandemic It presents a valuable opportunity for the world to reaffirm solidarity in the battle to safeguard global health security In the past 70 odd years since the establishment of the World Health Organization WHO the international community has successfully eliminated smallpox and curbed the spread of several infectious diseases Global unity has played a key role in each successful bid to keep humanity safe with governments and international organizations committed to multilateral cooperation within the United Nations UN centered international system As representatives from governments around the world hold virtual meetings next week they are facing the urgent task of addressing the COVID 19 pandemic which is endangering humanity s health If history is any guide upholding global solidarity plays a key role in humanity s eventual prevailing over the coronavirus outbreak This year marks the 40th anniversary of the elimination of smallpox which was considered as the first and to date the only human disease that has been eradicated globally As WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the legacy of smallpox was not only the eradication of one disease but also the demonstration that when the world unites anything is possible That same solidarity and coordinated international efforts are needed now more than ever to defeat COVID 19 Unfortunately as recently noted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres it is clear there is not enough humility unity and not enough solidarity in the world Since the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak the WHO has been endeavoring to rally global solidarity in the COVID 19 battle Unfortunately driven by their political agenda of scapegoating the WHO and others for their botched response to the coronavirus outbreak U S politicians have distorted facts and launched a smear campaign against the WHO and other countries What the world recently witnessed the undue politicization and unfounded allegations against the WHO have created a toxic atmosphere and is anything but constructive to the much needed global solidarity against the common enemy The upcoming WHA serves as a precious opportunity to make it abundantly clear that the WHO s leading role in the global fight against COVID 19 must be strengthened rather than weakened The WHO was is and will remain the backbone of the current pandemic control In one of his speeches last month the WHO chief warned that without strong national unity and global solidarity the worst is yet ahead of us The international community should heed the warning and uphold solidarity in the battle against COVID 19 before it is too late XINHUA
    Commentary: World Health Assembly provides precious opportunity to reaffirm solidarity in COVID-19 fight
     The upcoming 73rd session of the World Health Assembly WHA arrives at a critical juncture of fighting the COVID 19 pandemic It presents a valuable opportunity for the world to reaffirm solidarity in the battle to safeguard global health security In the past 70 odd years since the establishment of the World Health Organization WHO the international community has successfully eliminated smallpox and curbed the spread of several infectious diseases Global unity has played a key role in each successful bid to keep humanity safe with governments and international organizations committed to multilateral cooperation within the United Nations UN centered international system As representatives from governments around the world hold virtual meetings next week they are facing the urgent task of addressing the COVID 19 pandemic which is endangering humanity s health If history is any guide upholding global solidarity plays a key role in humanity s eventual prevailing over the coronavirus outbreak This year marks the 40th anniversary of the elimination of smallpox which was considered as the first and to date the only human disease that has been eradicated globally As WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the legacy of smallpox was not only the eradication of one disease but also the demonstration that when the world unites anything is possible That same solidarity and coordinated international efforts are needed now more than ever to defeat COVID 19 Unfortunately as recently noted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres it is clear there is not enough humility unity and not enough solidarity in the world Since the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak the WHO has been endeavoring to rally global solidarity in the COVID 19 battle Unfortunately driven by their political agenda of scapegoating the WHO and others for their botched response to the coronavirus outbreak U S politicians have distorted facts and launched a smear campaign against the WHO and other countries What the world recently witnessed the undue politicization and unfounded allegations against the WHO have created a toxic atmosphere and is anything but constructive to the much needed global solidarity against the common enemy The upcoming WHA serves as a precious opportunity to make it abundantly clear that the WHO s leading role in the global fight against COVID 19 must be strengthened rather than weakened The WHO was is and will remain the backbone of the current pandemic control In one of his speeches last month the WHO chief warned that without strong national unity and global solidarity the worst is yet ahead of us The international community should heed the warning and uphold solidarity in the battle against COVID 19 before it is too late XINHUA
    Commentary: World Health Assembly provides precious opportunity to reaffirm solidarity in COVID-19 fight
    Foreign3 years ago

    Commentary: World Health Assembly provides precious opportunity to reaffirm solidarity in COVID-19 fight

    The upcoming 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) arrives at a critical juncture of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents a valuable opportunity for the world to reaffirm solidarity in the battle to safeguard global health security.

    In the past 70-odd years since the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO), the international community has successfully eliminated smallpox and curbed the spread of several infectious diseases.

    Global unity has played a key role in each successful bid to keep humanity safe, with governments and international organizations committed to multilateral cooperation within the United Nations (UN)-centered international system.

    As representatives from governments around the world hold virtual meetings next week, they are facing the urgent task of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic which is endangering humanity's health.

    If history is any guide, upholding global solidarity plays a key role in humanity's eventual prevailing over the coronavirus outbreak.

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the elimination of smallpox, which was considered as the first, and to date the only, human disease that has been eradicated globally.

    As WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said, the legacy of smallpox was not only the eradication of one disease, but also "the demonstration that when the world unites, anything is possible."

    That same solidarity and coordinated international efforts are needed now more than ever to defeat COVID-19.

    Unfortunately, as recently noted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, "it is clear there is not enough humility, unity and not enough solidarity in the world."

    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the WHO has been endeavoring to rally global solidarity in the COVID-19 battle.

    Unfortunately, driven by their political agenda of scapegoating the WHO and others for their botched response to the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. politicians have distorted facts and launched a smear campaign against the WHO and other countries.

    What the world recently witnessed -- the undue politicization and unfounded allegations against the WHO -- have created a toxic atmosphere and is anything but constructive to the much-needed global solidarity against the common enemy.

    The upcoming WHA serves as a precious opportunity to make it abundantly clear that the WHO's leading role in the global fight against COVID-19 must be strengthened rather than weakened. The WHO was, is, and will remain the backbone of the current pandemic control.

    In one of his speeches last month, the WHO chief warned that without strong national unity and global solidarity, "the worst is yet ahead of us." The international community should heed the warning and uphold solidarity in the battle against COVID-19 before it is too late.


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