At as we speak’s assembly of the 73rd World Well being Meeting —its first-ever to be held nearly—delegates adopted a landmark decision to convey the world collectively to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision, co-sponsored by greater than 130 nations, was adopted by consensus.
It requires the intensification of efforts to regulate the pandemic, and for equitable entry to and honest distribution of all important well being applied sciences and merchandise to fight the virus. It additionally requires an impartial and complete analysis of the worldwide response, together with, however not restricted to, WHO’s efficiency.
As WHO convened ministers of well being from nearly each nation on this planet, the constant message all through the two-day assembly—together with from the 14 heads of state collaborating within the opening and shutting classes —was that international unity is probably the most highly effective device to fight the outbreak. The decision is a concrete manifestation of this name, and a roadmap for controlling the outbreak.
In his closing remarks, WHO Director-Normal Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned “COVID-19 has robbed us of people we love. It’s robbed us of lives and livelihoods; it’s shaken the foundations of our world; it threatens to tear at the fabric of international cooperation. But it’s also reminded us that for all our differences, we are one human race, and we are stronger together.”
The World Well being Meeting will reconvene later within the 12 months.