He added that the organization is committed to ''transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement." U.S. President Donald Trump has fiercely questioned the WHO’s performance during the pandemic, and led international criticism of China’s handling of the early stages of the crisis.
The review was on Monday seemingly supported by Chinese President Xi Jinping -- who had previously opposed calls for a review of the origin and spread of the coronavirus.
"China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control, to collect experiences and address deficiencies." Tedros has always promised a post-pandemic review, and said that it would come "at the earliest appropriate moment" but warned of the dangers of returning to normal too quickly.
''We urge countries to proceed with caution.
Countries that move too fast without putting in place the public health architecture to detect and suppress transmission run the real risk of handicapping their own recovery.'' A resolution drafted by the European Union called for an independent evaluation of the WHO’s performance, and appeared to have won backing among the health body’s 194 states.
The draft made no mention of China.
A sense of solidarity was a theme among European participants, with French and German leaders using the virtual assembly to call for a united approach to fighting the virus.
Health Ministers from member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region participated in a session to discuss measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. The 73rd Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia from September 9-10 was held virtually via video conferencing. While addressing the session WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Covid-19 vaccines will be available to all countries on equitable basis. He added that the WHO is committed to supporting all countries to reopen their societies. India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also attended the session via video conference. Watch the full video for more details.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says both sides need to compromise on Brexit.Her comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to set out whethertrade talks with the European Union should continue after his deadline forreaching an agreement passed without a deal in place. Lord Frost, BorisJohnson’s Europe sherpa, said the UK was “disappointed” by the outcome of aEuropean Union summit in which the bloc signalled it was willing to continuetrade negotiations but called on Britain to make the next move.
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Home Office minister Kit Malthouse has talked up the chances of a trade deal with the EU, saying he was “hopeful”, but remained adamant that the UK “can function without a deal" in terms of post-Brexit security arrangements. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn