Under Fire for Its Covid-19 Response, WHO Now Promises 'Honest Evaluation' of Its Actions

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Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. (Reuters)

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Thursday it was organising an unbiased panel to overview its dealing with of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.

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The announcement follows sturdy criticism by US President Donald Trump’s administration of the worldwide company’s function in the disaster – although the WHO stated the overview was not linked to the United States.

Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have agreed to go the panel, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated.

“The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched nearly everybody on the earth, clearly deserves a commensurate analysis, an trustworthy analysis,” Tedros informed a digital meeting with diplomats.

The panel will give an interim report back to an annual meeting of well being ministers in November and current a “substantive report” subsequent May, he stated.

Trump has accused the WHO of being too near China and never doing sufficient to query Beijing’s actions in the beginning of the disaster. Tedros has dismissed the recommendations and stated his company stored the world well informed.


In May, Trump stated the United States, the company’s largest donor, would pull out of the organisation except there have been actual reforms, a risk he adopted up on this week by giving a one-year notice of withdrawal.

“The President has been clear that the WHO must get its act together. That begins with demonstrating important progress and the power to forestall, detect, and reply to infectious illness outbreaks with transparency and accountability,” a senior U.S. official in Washington informed Reuters on Thursday.

The WHO issued a press release saying the overview was not linked to the United States and that its 194 member nations had requested in May for an analysis of the worldwide response.

More than 12 million persons are reported to have been manifested by the novel coronavirus worldwide and 548,429​ have died because the virus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last yr, in accordance to a Reuters tally.

Lawrence Gostin, a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC, stated the panel shouldn’t be “an inside job” pushed by states near the WHO, nor ought to it pander to what he referred to as “Trump’s conspiracy theories”.

“What is basically very important is we’ve really unbiased consultants from a wide range of disciplines that may truthfully and albeit overview the scenario with COVID,” Gostin informed Reuters.

“Are they going to overview China’s action, are they going to overview WHO’s preliminary response to China, take a look at issues like … WHO’s energy to independently confirm states’ reviews?,” he added.


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