WHO Assembly Heads of state adopt COVID-19 consensus

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

While the country reported at least 11,000 cases, it managed to successfully contain the outbreak through extensive tracking and testing of every case.

The United States leads with 1,539,633 cases and 92,645 deaths, followed by Russian Federation with 308,705 cases and 2,972 deaths.

He stated that the world still had a long way to go in this pandemic as there were 106,000 cases reported to WHO in the last 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began.

At the assembly, World Health Organization expressed concern about the rising numbers of cases in low- and middle-income countries.

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The WHA resolution bucked a trend that has seen China and the US butt heads at recent global summits over various stipulations in proposed multilateral agreements, in several cases resulting in no final recommendations being made.

He spoke to reporters at a video briefing a day after all WHO members agreed to open a probe into the global health body's response to the virus.

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Tedros said he had always been looking for other sources of funding for the WHO, saying its 2.3 billion dollar budget was "very, very small" for a global agency, around that of a medium sized hospital in the developed world.

The World Health Organization's (WHO) member states, including China and the USA, have adopted a joint resolution for a prompt independent inquiry into the global health response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the actions of the agency, as the 73rd annual World Health Assembly concluded.

"We have of course received the letter and we are looking into it", Tedros said.

The Trump administration demanded a review of the WHO's actions.

World Health Organization head, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had already agreed to a review of the agency's handling of the pandemic, while dismissing suggestions it needed a far-reaching overhaul.

The WHO head of emergencies, Dr. Michael Ryan, said an end to USA funding for the WHO will have a major impact on delivering essential health services to the most vulnerable people in the world.

The resolution was adopted to increase efforts to combat the virus, including greater measures for equitably distributing health technologies and products and intensifying steps to control the spread of the virus.

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